The most dangerous and desirable man in all of England, Nikolas burns to possess Emma Stokehurst, but the proud, headstrong beauty is promised to another. Still, there are no limits to how far the wealthy, bitter exile will go to win her exquisite hand - though owning Emma’s body, but not her love, will do nothing to fill the empty spaces in his heart.
But Nikolas’s destiny awaits him elsewhere, as passion’s magic transports him to a different place - a land of splendor and romantic dreams. For only there can he experience true ecstasy in one remarkable woman’s tender touch - achingly familiar yet gloriously new - and learn, at last, to love.
©1995 Lisa Kleypas (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I admit I was liking the story a lot up until it backtracked to 170 years before that point in time and the hero began to live as his great, great, grandfather. It was too much time devoted to reliving the past for my taste. However, once it was done, I realized why it was so important to have that section in the book. It ended up being such a sweet story that I almost felt my heart skip a beat. S Duerden was also as amazing as always. A definite must buy.
I love to read! With kids, that hobby is impossible...enter Audible...problem solved. Chores that I dread are now quiet time for this Mommy!!!
I could not stop listening to this book!!! It took me a few chapters to get used to the narrator and in some places I wished she had more inflection in her voice... but she nailed the male lead....dark and brooding. This had more of a gothic flare than other Kleypass novels and I LOVED IT!! You have to love tortured hero's and the women who change them to love this book. Beautiful love scenes, intricate plot, and loveable characters. WORTH A CREDIT!!!
I didn't like this as much as it's predecessor Midnight Angel, but still enjoyed it, even though....
The hero cheats once, which is normally a 'throw the book across the wall and never finish it' moment for me. However, in this instance, I wasn't as offended as I normally would be. I think it was because it was made clear he didn't do it out of lack of interest in the heroine or a desire for anyone else. The H was so obsessed with the h that he planned to marry her for years (since she was 13) and schemed and scammed to get her to agree to a "marriage of convenience" with him. He was in serious denial and truly terrified of how much he had come to need Emma. It's not an excuse, but it worked within the context of the story and the h is definitely not a pushover, he definitely has to earn his way back into her life and bed. Also, it's not an affair and there's no detail. He goes out, get's drunk, and comes home smelling of liquor, sex and perfume. I assumed he was with a prostitute
I absolutely adored Lord St. Vincent in Devil in Winter, but never really considered him a dark, villainous antihero as some seem to. Spoiled and selfish, definitely, but I never took his "villainy" too seriously. Prince Nikolas, however, is more the genuine article. He is definitely a tortured soul and at least a borderline alcoholic. And he did have some pretty horrific traumas in both childhood and adulthood to contend with. In fact, a *trigger warning* for descriptions of childhood sexual abuse is worth noting. (Nikolas' father repeatedly and brutally raped his younger brother, who he was unable to protect). Not your typical "one woman hurt me and now I'm an ass" excuse for being broken.
I am as yet undecided on the reincarnation element. It was emotional and I cried when Nikolas "died" in that previous life, but part of me wishes he would have learned to accept his love for Emma in 'real time'. In fact, I think it would have made this a 5 star book for me.
This is not one of my favorites by LK but it is really hard to pick a bad one. It was confusing in parts but ended well. I am glad I started with one of her other books.
I love Lisa's books and this is no exception but with so many to choose from I have to say it was not my favorite. I vaguely remember reading it years ago, but it was not a sharp memory. However, Lisa is always worth a second read or listen.
Classic romance set in 1800's, yet with modern themes, such as vegetarianism and animal rights. Didn't seem to fit well together. The actual romance story is OK with a love triangle and lots of conflict surrounding it.
I love Lisa Kleypas's historical fiction, but Susan Duerden should never try doing a Russian accent again. I almost quite listening to the audio story because of Ms. Duerden's poor Russian. However the overall story I enjoyed.
Get rid of Duerden Russian Accent
Yuk, yuk, yuk!!!!
I'll purchase other books and audio books by Lisa Kleypas, but not if Ms. Durden is narrating them.
Say something about yourself!
Nicky isn't the nicest guy in the world. He has lots of baggage and suffers from PTSD from horrific torture he went through at the hands of his king's interrogator. He carries the scars from the torture and death of his brother as well as his own. He meets the tall, lovely red-headed Emma and is immediately smitten. Her unconventional lifestyle and love of animals is attractive to him for some reason. He must have her and pulls out all the stops to do so even against the advice of her father and step-mom. Their marriage is rocky and he even cheats on her because he is afraid of giving his heart to her completely. Just before she has decided to leave him he finds a picture that propels him back 300 years to a love affair between him in a past life and a woman who looked just like Emma. He comes to his senses and realizes they are soul mates and meant to spend their lives together and they get a fresh start to begin their lives together without the baggage they had before.
Kind of a silly premise but I liked it. At least it had a plot, which was better than some of the others I read lately that had little or no plot at all.
And I love Susan Duerden as a narrator.
The story line was great and I was really excited about it, but it just didn't keep my interest like other Lisa Kleypas books do.
No, I still love romance and Lisa Kleypas, but this book was just not interesting to me.
Susan's performance was great.
Disappointment...I was really wanting there to be a better love story between Emma and Nicholas.
I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.
The story is the second of a series, and I would recommend reading the first one, Midnight Angel,before this one, though as with all Kleypas's books, it can stand alone. I found this story incredibly touching, in spite of the length of part 3, which is very important to the story but a bit hard to listen to since it presents historical background that interrupts a suspenseful part of the contemporary narrative and the reader is dying to find out what's happened.
While the narrator is great with many voices, I found her male voices a bit hard to listen to. When I first heard the sound of the hero of this book, Nicholas, I thought he sounded more like a thug with a sore throat than a leading man, and the necessity of Russian accents makes it even worse. Nonetheless, I did adjust to her sound, and it definitely did not ruin the book.
Despite these flaws I would definitely recommend the book, especially if you are a Kleypas fan.
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