Author: Kate Noble
Title: Let It Be Me
(The Blue Raven #5)
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: April 2nd 2013
Where I got It: Audible
London weather is chilly—and the social scene even more so. Luckily, Bridget Forrester is just getting warmed up…
Bridget longs to meet a gentleman who doesn't mention her beautiful sister upon shaking her hand. But since being branded a shrew after a disastrous social season, Bridget knows she's lucky to even have a man come near her. It's enough to make a lady flee the country…
So Bridget heads to Venice for music lessons with the renowned Italian composer Vincenzo Carpenini, with whom she's been corresponding. But not only is Carpenini not expecting her, he doesn't even remember her! His friend, theater owner Oliver Merrick, does, though. And one look into her tantalizing green eyes has him cursing his impulsive letter-writing, which brought her across the continent. Yet before Merrick can apologize, Carpenini has ordered her away.
Little does either man know that they will soon be embroiled in a wager that will require the beautiful Miss Forrester's help—or that there'll be far more at stake in this gamble than money…
Accidently skipped book 4. This popped up in Audible. Swore I read book 4....maybe not. I don't remember. Hahaha. This does fine as a standalone. I believe book 4 is about Bridget's sister who was the golden child. I'll eventually go back.
Here we follow Bridget who has long been in her sister's shadow. Her sister was beloved by everyone. She has been now labeled as a shrew after a disastrous social season. To get fresh air, she heads to Venice with her family in hopes for music lessons with the renowned Italian composer Vincenzo Carpenini with whom she has been corresponding. When she arrives at his door, he is not expecting her and doesn't even remember her. His friend and half-brother, Oliver Merrick, does though. He was the one who actually wrote to her and before he can explain anything, Carpenini orders her away. Little does anyone expect that the two men will be embroiled in a wager that require Bridget's help.
This was a lot of fun!!! I loved how different this was. It was a nice set of pace to jump to Italy and have a couple fall in love over music. Beautiful.
The beginning did drag for minute while the stage was being set for her to flee across the ocean to Italy, but then I could not stop listening. I had to know what was going to happen next. Yes, yes, we all know Bridget and Oliver fall in lurve, but I was excited to see them fall for each other. It was slow and careful. I was also excited to see her perform at the competition!
OOOOO that ending was good. Loved it.
I also loved seeing Bridget as an old lady at the beginning and the end surrounded by her grandbabies. It was a nice touch.
The narrator is fantastic. She really flourished here with all the different accents and all the different characters running around. Brava!
In the end, I really enjoyed this one. It was a touch slow in the beginning, but after that I hooked and didn't want to stop listening. I loved this couple and their journey. It was a fresh breath of air for the HR genre. Italy, music....all fun. I'm in love with this series. I need to back track to book 4 eventually. I'll give this 4 stars.
- #69 for Audiobook challenge
- #69 for Audiobook challenge