Ruthless Audiobook By Anne Stuart (review + Giveaway)

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Review of: Ruthless Audiobook
Anne Stuart

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On April 11, 2014
Last modified:November 10, 2015


Ruthless Audiobook

By: Anne Stuart

Narrated by: Susan Ericksen

Published by: Tantor Audio 02/2011

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House Of Rohan   Book  1

11hrs and 59mins

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Few outsiders will ever witness the dark misdeeds of the Heavenly Host. And among this secret society, where exiled Georgian aristocrats gather to indulge their carnal desires, fewer still can match the insatiable appetite of their chief provocateur, the mysterious Viscount Rohan.

Pursuit of physical pleasure is both his preferred pastime and his most pressing urge, until he encounters the fascination of a woman who won’t be swayed. And while his dark seduction appalls the pure and impoverished Elinor Harriman, she finds herself intriguedand secretly drawn to the man behind the desire.


Ruthless Audiobook Sample

My Thoughts


I didn’t know what to expect when I downloaded this book, going by the cover I had an idea that it was a Historical Romance. I took a chance on a new author (to- me) and it paid off. She’s absolutely going into my favorite’s category.

I put this book on the back burner while I listen to some of the books I’ve read reviews about, when I finally picked it up  I never stop. This book is wonderful, engaging and emotionally moving a good way, and in a bad way, the author’s ability to describe the scenes is incredible, I felt the disgust, dislike and repulsion of the dark world you get introduced to at the beginning of the book.

Elinor and her sister Lydia find themselves living in the slums of Paris in a deplorable condition, and suffering  economic hard times, all caused by their mother’s  awful behavior, who once was a beautiful woman, but now is nothing more than an alcoholic and a gambling addict, and on the verge of death from the Spanish disease.

In one of her mother’s usual disappearance, Elinor set off to go after her – knowing  the most likely place where she would find her, she heads straight to Heavenly Host, a place where a self indulgent group of aristocrats meets to revel in the orgiastic delights and wild pleasures, and definitely not a place for this young and uncorrupted girl.  While in there, she gets discovered, and brought to the attention of the host, Lord Francis Rohan, who immediately  gets   charmed and enchanted by Elinor, who’s not necessarily a beauty, but possesses a strong personality  and a wicked  tongue.

She treats him in a prideful and in a condescending way that does nothing but arouse his interest. He quickly finds her fascinating and welcomes the challenge, especially since lately he has grown bored with all the women and orgies at his disposal.

I was utterly amazed at the author’s talent that took an insidious, cynical, seedy and depraved hero – one that made my skin crawl and managed to turn him into a beloved character,  the kind of man that you would want for yourself, not an easy task!

There are small elements of mystery and suspense, as well as a secondary romance, but it doesn’t take the focus away from Francis and Elinor.

I loved the plot, while not terribly romantic, I did enjoy the cat and mouse chase that Elinor and Francis engaged in for most of the book, and the only reason this book is not going on my favorite’s list, it’s because I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ending, there were a few loose ends; I felt as the author just said, That’s all folks!; Nevertheless I found the story totally engaging, it held my attention from beginning to end.

All in all, if you like dark, and sexy romance with  “as close as it gets to a unredeemable hero” then this is the book for you.

This was a great introduction to The House of Rohan’s series, and as soon as I’m finished  my current listen I’ll be moving to the next book, Reckless.




The Author

Anne Sturt


Author Anne Stuart




Ruthless Audiobook Narration by Susan Ericksen


Susan Ericksen audibooks narrator

Susan Ericksen

Susan Ericksen is a pro! I have a strong feeling this is a much better book on audio, she’s an incredibly talented narrator, she really gets the books and the characters. Perfect tone, perfect pace.

She reads the story in a way that makes you really live every scene, and even though she doesn’t have a tremendous amount of distinctive voices for the characters, she still manages to deliver a great read. The distinctions come mostly from the manner the dialogue is delivered – and she sure pulls it off.

She made Francis Rohan sound just like the cynical character that he is, and the sharp and witty tone of Elinor was flawless.

Great narration!!

Loupe Duffy Lupdilup

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  1. I hope you comeback and share your thoughts. I hope you enjoy this series as much as I did.
    Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  2. Love when the evil dudes are redeemed into a lovable hero 🙂

    • This was pretty bad, but I’ve read worse since I crossed to the dark side..LOL It’s a great listen 🙂

  3. I just love Susan Ericksen – I really enjoyed the little snippet.

    • She’s fantastic with these Chrizette. Good luck to you!

    • Well, he was back when I listened to this..LOL I’ve read so much worse since..LOL but it was great listen 🙂

  4. I’ve had this series on my shelf for a while (I might even own them…LOL) but haven’t read them yet. This sounds just like my kind of historical romance! I’ll be moving it up on my list after your awesome review Loupe. Dark and sexy romance…I’m there! 😉

    • Thank you Lori, I hope you enjoyed as much as I did when you do. I loved the audio, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you 🙂

  5. I really enjoy Anne Stuart. She has some dark hero’s.

  6. Ahhh I don’t remember seeing her name before. I LOVE historicals. You so have me adding this to my shopping list. It sounds amazing! Thank ya!

    • I hope you enjoy it, but really I think you’d like the audio, I know Susan Ericksen didn’t work for you before as it did for me, but she’s perfect in this 🙂

  7. Anne Stuart has been on my radar for a while now with her complex and (very) dark heroes.

    I’ve wanted to listen to this title because I’ve heard so many excellent things but keep having second thoughts.

    All the reviews say the narrator brings the story alive so well that it’s as if you are in the story itself; and I don’t know if I could handle all the drama and dark moments read aloud. It’s easier to ignore certain parts when you can swipe or quickly turn the page. :/

    • You know, It’s been a long time since I listened to these, I have certainly moved the bar from I considered a dark book since, so of course now I don’t think is as bad I felt back them. There’s no woman abuse in any kind of form in the book, let’s just say the hero was the just a HO…LOL But you know your limits.

  8. You sound like you really loved this so so much! Set in Paris with a great can and mouse chase, I can see what the allure is. Thanks for sharing this book with us, Loupe, happy Friday!

    • You’re welcome! I’m not sure if you read Historical or not, but this was pretty good. 🙂

  9. Don’t read many historical anymore, but this sounds pretty good!

    • If you decide to indulge in a dark historical keep it in mid. Maybe this is not that dark anymore..lo I listened to this a long time ago, before I crossed to the dark side 😉

  10. Ooo I love cat and mouse games,and attention to detail. The audio sample sounds good..I love the sound of the narrator *added her to my list to watch* Despite the loose threads and “that’s it folks” ending it does sounds fun!

    • I think you’d like this one, perfect narration by one the best 🙂

  11. I love historical romance. I’m also addicted to audio books. I probably listen to about 50 per year, if not more than that. Thank you for the giveaway!

    • LilMissMolly, do you have a website or a blog? I see you’re a big junkie like me :)I’d love to read your reviews.

      • I don’t have a website or blog. But I’ve posted some reviews on Audible, Amazon, and/ or Goodreads. All of them are under LilMissMolly. I don’t enjoy reading reviews that are more than a few paragraphs, so I try to keep mine to just two or three.

  12. I haven’t read a historical romance in …. a very long time. It always makes me want to pick one up again when I see reviews like this.

    • I used to listen to Historicals a lot more than now. I’m hooked in contemporary romance at the moment. Maybe the audibooks brings you back. Historicals are fantastic on audio, the accents make the world more real.
      Good luck Christy 🙂

  13. Hm, historical romance is not among my favorite genres, with exception of two mm historical books I’ve read lately and loved them, but this sounds good. Adding it to my TBR list 🙂

    • I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂 I used listen to a lot more historicals back them, I seemed to have moved away from them lately, but they are a wonderful genre for audio.

  14. This sounds so good! I’ve had Anne Stuart on my TBR list for a long, long time (and I think I just bought like four of her books on sale for $1.99 the other day). They are so going to be my next HR binge-read. It’s been a few months, so that will be happening soon 😉

    • I hope you enjoy them as much as I did Jessica. She’s known for her dark heroes. That was a great price!

  15. Awesome review! I will definitely try to get a copy of this!

    BTW, I have just returned to listening to audiobooks and I believe that the narrator can affect the appeal of the book!

    • Aww! Thank you! You’re 100% right! The narrator can make and an average book into an amazing listen, but they can also make a great book into a terrible listen. A narrator’s capacity to deliver the author’s intent is art. I’m so glad you returned to listening 🙂

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