I LOVED this book. It truly expressed how many pulls in different directions one may feel inside when making an important decision. Other reviewers criticized this book because of it but this is exactly what can happen in real life. You may feel tormented when making a decision and that does not make a story bad. I highly recommend this book. Wonderful romance and of course a handsome hero and beautiful heroine. Who can ask for more? :)
One of the Amazon reviewers wrote this condensed version about the book which I enjoyed reading, so here it is:
"Alex Christian, the Duke of Sutherland, carries a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. He is, of course, known in all of England because he is a duke, terribly handsome, very rich, single, young, and extremely influential politically. As he believes it is time for him to marry and produce an heir, he has requested the hand of an important political ally's daughter in marriage two years previously. They will be married within six months. He doesn't love the girl but is fond of her and knows she will make a great duchess. He is yet another one of those heroes that think love for a spouse is neither realistic nor desirable. Then his well-ordered life takes a sudden shift. He is hunting at his country lodge when he stumbles upon a country lady having a disagreement with a belligerent hog. He is so taken with her that he extends his hunting trip just to be around her. He knows it is all nonsense because of all his duke duties but cannot resist her for a little while. During this two-week period, their relationship is innocent and sweet. But his responsibilities require him to return to London and Alex never expects to see the lovely country lady again although it makes him very sad.
Lauren Hill is that lovely country lady. Although her speech, education, and mannerisms proclaim her a lady, she first encounters Alex as she is singing to a hog in a cornfield right before the animal charges her and she leaps over the fence and into Alex's arms. For the next two weeks, he observes her perform all sorts of manual chores and even sees her wearing her brother's old pants and shirt. He is shocked but pleasantly surprised to find that she has five wards, orphans, who she cares for and loves deeply. Lauren is totally taken with Alex and finds herself in love with him. She has no idea that he is a duke. Lauren lives on a run down country estate with her uncle, brother, housekeeper, a mentally challenged boarder, and the five orphans. She is desperately attempting to make a living from the old estate. Her uncle wants to her to marry and better their situation but Lauren has no desire to marry again.
Lauren's uncle, some years previous, had bartered her in marriage to a very old Count from Germany. She was married to the old Count for two years prior to his death. Since she had not provided him with an heir - a portion of the marriage agreement - she returned her inheritance, as his Countess, to the next Count and returns home to England penniless, much to her uncle's chagrin.
Now fast-forward four months to London. Lauren's uncle has forced her back into society so that she may marry well once again. She is introduced everywhere in London by her married title of Countess. Imagine both Alex and Lauren's great surprise when they encounter each other at a party and find that each bears a title. Neither one of them is very happy with the other because of the little secrets they have both withheld. However, Lauren is ecstatic to see Alex and then heartbroken when she is informed that he is engaged and will be married in two months.
Now the real story begins and it is a roller coaster. Lauren's uncle is blackmailing her to remarry well. She cannot waste time with Alex but he won't leave her alone. He seems to be everywhere she goes and although he believes he can never marry Lauren, he is obsessed with her. Of course, several very eligible men are pursuing Lauren and are very serious in marrying her. This makes Alex crazy with jealousy".
I love books that talk about special powers an abilities and so it's only natural that I liked this book immediately. I found it clever and the storyline was suspenseful a bit as well. So if you are in the mood for a historical romanced do consider this one. Again, keep in mind that this is a 4 and not a 5 star. So if in the mood for a 5 star, get a Laura Kinsale book instead.
I LOVED book 3 with Em and was hoping to get the same in book 4 but I was disappointed a bit. There are a lot more thought repetitions in this book. More like page fillers that I find frustrating. I think had Joanna Wylde cut the mind babble in this book and shrunk it by 1/3 then this book could also have been great. I love how she changes the love scenes and make them unique per each story. So yes I was not taken by a surprise on this one but I still like her stories and can't wait for the next one in the series.
I purchased this book on sale and thought I could do worse for 4.99. Then I began listening to it and truly enjoyed it, Surprised? Yes I certainly was. An Adorable hero and the heroine was cute too. A bit caught up in her own issues but nevertheless cute. I enjoyed it and I hope you will too :)
Yes I got this book on sale for 4.99 and it was enjoyable enough. A billionaire who falls for a hard to get waitress. Obviously predictable story and characters were likable enough but the story was so much of a cliche that I lost a bit of my enthusiasm as I read further. Although it was not a story that drew me in and kept me glued, I did enjoy reading it nevertheless.
The story started and I immediately thought oh no, will this be another 50 shades? The stories were similar in that they both have a rich and yes he was a bit damaged but that is where the similarities ended.
This book should have been listed under drama. After reading this book I was completely emotionally drained. Goodness I never thought the book would go into so much details about problems Elle had to deal with. I wish the book description was a bit more clear about what her secret was so that the readers can decide on their own if they would like to expose themselves to the mental anguish accompanying the storyline. I assume for those of us who have had a loved one go through something similar would find it especially hard to read this book. Oh and no I won't spoil the book by saying what that was. Sorry folks.
So overall, I liked the story if it had a bit less drama and constant push and pull between the two main characters and fighting.
Gosh I like the male lead character in this book. He is real and handsome and completely sexy. I wrote the following review for the 2nd book in the series by mistake but it was meant for this book.
I found the love story refreshing and the sex scenes were some of the most original I've seen and I've read hundreds of romance books, so that's something coming from me. One of the hottest scenes was the one involving handcuffs. I got so hot I thought I would expire on the spot. Phew.
The male characters are not the classiest bunch with the constant cussing and crude language but the story and love seems real and well expressed and written. I truly enjoyed this book.
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. Purchasing it was such a great idea especially since I was hesitant based on the first book. But the book was on sale and I thought for 4.99, why not?
I found the love story refreshing and the sex scenes were some of the most original I've seen and I've read hundreds of romance books, so that's something coming from me. The male characters are not the classiest bunch with the constant cussing and crude language but the story and love seems real and well expressed and written. I truly enjoyed this book so I am looking forward to the next one in the series. Will be worth your credit even at regular price.
The performance was absolutely wonderful but on it's own, it could not help elevate the storyline more. The love story did not get built up and characters were not interesting enough. I found myself desperate for a historical romance and decided to give this book a chance but perhaps I should have looked a bit more. It took me a record breaking week to complete this book when it usually takes me a day to two at the most so this should be a clue enough for reviewers.
I guess if you have not read Fifty Shades Of Gray or similar books, this one can come across as very good but the storyline was not at all original and during the love scenes even, I found myself bored. It just didn't do it for me. I purchased this book with high hopes but was a bit let down.
not great but good story, although a bit simple and slow for my taste. Men treat women as their "property" and then then Joanna Wylde continues to justify that by saying it's okay because all the other "old ladies" seem to be ok with it and especially since they do not look so slutty and in fact dress even decently. So I should be okay with it too. Stupid explanation if you ask me but then what do I know? To top this off, the bad ass "horse" whom yes, is hung like a horse as well, with all his male hotness and oozing sexuality is the one who keeps wanting to claim HER.....hmmmmm....veeeeery believable!!! Especially since Marie's character was not even that well known to him by the time he had picked out her vest. She was meek, quite, submissive behaving all to that point except when she actually grows a back bone for about 10 seconds to say she will not be his property. Oh true, but then about 5 seconds later she was okay with that notion. scratch the backbone comment because it doesn't count. She didn't have one.
This book was entertaining enough but I'll have to say it did not have me glued to it as some others have done in the past. I'll keep searching and maybe I'll find a motorcycle book that actually keeps my interest the entire time and is a page turner.
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