Audiobook Review: DAIR DEVIL by Lucinda Brant

Highly recommend this author’s work.  The Roxton Family will remain with me and definitely the whole series will take a special place in my heart.

Dair DevilTitle: Dair Devil Roxton Family Saga, book 4
Author: Lucinda Brant
Genre: Historical Romance, Georgian
Story Setting: London, 1777
Pages: 456
Published by: Sprigleaf; 1 edition
Published Date: April 24, 2014

Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
Length: 12 hours, 49 minutes
Release Date: October 7, 2015
Published by: Sprigleaf Pty Ltd

Roxton Family Saga Series (ecopy purchase links):
Noble Satyr: A Georgian Historical Romance
Midnight Marriage: A Georgian Historical Romance

Autumn Duchess: A Georgian Historical Romance
Dair Devil: A Georgian Historical Romance

Publisher’s Summary:

Winner – Best Historical Novel, 2015 RONE Awards

Opposites attract. Appearances can deceive. A dashing and rugged façade hides the vulnerable man within. He will gamble with his life, but never his heart. Always the observer, never the observed, her fragility hides conviction. She will risk everything for love. One fateful night they collide. The attraction is immediate, the consequences profound….

London and Hampshire, 1777: The story of Alisdair “Dair” Fitzstuart, nobleman, ex-soldier, and rogue, and Aurora “Rory” Talbot, spinster, pineapple fancier, and granddaughter of England’s Spymaster General, and how they fall in love.

©2014 Lucinda Brant (P)2015 Lucinda Brant

My Thoughts: When a novel is not just a story, but an experience, it is such a delight.  We move with the characters, sharing their emotions, feelings and experiences, not told a story but living one.

The story begins with a scene truly hilarious, a scene with tongue in cheek frolicking of the nobility’s pranks.  Alisdair is known for his outlandish behavior and his willingness to take on a bet.    He involves his friends in this prank.  One such friend, is Rory’s brother, Lord Gasby, a bundle of energy and a brother with deep love for his sister.  This prank doesn’t exactly end the way Alistair thought it would.  He holds a woman in his arms tightly wrapped in drapery. Simply ludicrious and had me laughing. There was no putting this listen down!

When the flame of interest is sparked for none other than the Spymaster General’s granddaughter (the gal he held while wrapped in drapery), he knows his chances of gaining her hand will fall on deaf ears. Under the façade he uses to hide his inner self, is a person with a heart he knew not beat.

Alistair has a champion, his cousin, Her Grace the Duchess, a woman of great feeling, high spirits and enduring love.  Secrets long hidden and best forgotten must be unearthed to give well deserving youth a chance of happiness.

I enjoy the saga Ms. Brant unfolds. Characters we’ve come to love from earlier in the saga take secondary positions in this story.  Frankly, this wonderful saga with a narrator of such talent will remain with me for many years.

I highly recommend this series by Lucinda Brant.  A saga of depth, passion, and loves of such fervor, your heart swells.

Note:  I found I enjoyed the speed of the complete saga at speed 0.75x.  It allows the words and divine voice of Mr. Wyndham time to appreciate.

Lucinda BrantAbout the Author:   LUCINDA BRANT is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning Georgian historical romances and mysteries. Her novels have been described as from ‘the Golden Age of romance with a modern voice’ and ‘heart wrenching drama with a happily ever after’.

Lucinda has degrees in History and Political Science from the Australian National University and a post-graduate diploma in Education from Bond University, where she was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Education. Before becoming a full-time writer, Lucinda taught History and Geography at an exclusive boarding school for young ladies. She drinks too much coffee and is addicted to Pinterest. Come join her there in her 18th Century world:


alex wyndhamAbout the Narrator, Alex Wyndham: Alex Wyndham is an English actor best known for his roles in HBO’s ‘Rome’ (2007) and the BBC’s ‘Little Dorrit’ (2008) and ‘The Line of Beauty’ (2006).

He has a degree in History from Oxford University and went on to study at RADA, graduating in 2005.

His first job as a professional actor was playing Silvius in Kenneth Branagh’s ‘As You Like It’ (2006) while in his final year at drama school.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: The Artists Partnership


Roxton Family Saga
1740s Noble Satyr (Renard and Antonia)
1760s Midnight Marriage (Julian and Deb)
1770s Autumn Duchess (Antonia and Jonathon)
1770s Dair Devil (Dair and Rory)
1770s Proud Mary (Mary and Christopher) In progress
1780s Satyr’s Son (Harry and Lisa) In progress
Eternally Yours: Roxton Letters Volume One (A Companion to the Roxton Family Saga Books 1–3)
Forever Remain: Roxton Letters Volume Two (A Companion to the Roxton Family Saga Books 4–6) In progress



About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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11 Responses to Audiobook Review: DAIR DEVIL by Lucinda Brant

  1. carolcork says:

    Lovely review, Eileen. I have shared on Twitter and Facebook. I will be listening to Autumn Duchess next and then Dare Devil.


  2. carolcork says:

    Oops, I meant to type Dair Devil!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I just finished Midnight Marriage and I’m now in love with the voice of Alex Wyndham. I will move on to this one but I’m also in possession of one of the Halsey audiobooks.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Okay, edify me. What is a Halsey audiobook? Yes, Alex Wyndham is superb. He takes you there, doesn’t he.


  5. Thanks, Carol. You will love Autumn Duchess. This is where Antonia finds herself, or may I say we discover the true merit of the woman.

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  6. DEADLY ENGAGEMENT: A Georgian HISTORICAL MYSTERY by Lucinda Brandt, An Alec Halsey mystery. The first in a series. Right now only $1.99 on audio but the topping on the cake is that Alex Wyndham narrates.


  7. I shall read her mysteries. Thank you very much!


  8. carolcork says:

    I started listening to it last night and I’m loving Jonathon Strang already!


  9. You know, some characters are just so lovable! Of course, Ms. Brant shows us his merit and moral compass in Autumn Duchess. I ate that one up. I’ve switched listens and authors, again, back to Claire Delacroix. I’m running into some amazing narrators with different styles and it’s making my yard work so much easier!.


  10. kelihasablog says:

    Reblogged this on Keli has a Blog and commented:
    If you haven’t checked out audio books yet, this might be a good start for you…

    Liked by 1 person

  11. I heartedly agree. Thank you much for the reblog.

    Liked by 1 person

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