The toast of the town.... All London is at Julia Wentworth’s feet — and anything she desires is hers for the asking. But the glamorous leading lady guards a shocking secret: a mystery husband whom she does not know, dares not mention... and cannot love.
For years Damon Savage has been searching for the stranger his parents wed him to without his consent, hoping to legally free himself from matrimony’s invisible chains. And he is astonished to discover his “bride” is none other than the exquisite lady he’d hoped to make his mistress! But though his wife by law, Julia will never truly be Damon’s — until he conquers her fears, his formidable rivals... and her proud, passionate, and independent heart.
©2005 Lisa Kleypas (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I'm not a period romance reader but this was an easy, excellent read!!!!
Not an overwhelming amount of period detail, although just enough to know what era you were readng about.
The fire at the theatre.
No but I was enthralled with the book and finished it rather quickly.
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
I love Lisa Kleypas. This one was a nice Listen. The hero is enchanting . And Rosalyn Landor's narration is the best I have ever heard. Her voice and performance makes you feel and live the story. Well done Rosalyn !
I made it to within an hour of the end, but when the arrogant insensitive hero continues to try to have sex with the weak willed heroine even though she says no (which to me is rape) I had to give up. None of the characters were appealing or likable and the story frustrating. The heroine was ahead of her time and I kept hoping that the hero and story would turn around, but instead, he starts to win her with forced sex and I gave up.
I am a LK fan, having read almost everything she has written. I hated this story. I didn't like the characters and there was NO chemistry b/w Julia and Damon. I did like Because You're Mine, the next book. Rosalyn Landor does a pretty good job. I do not like her male voices b/c they sound really old.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
The story between Damon Savage and Jessica Wentworth (Julia--which is her true name) starts out great! Immediately, the reader's attention is captured. Lisa Kleypas does a wonderful job in creating these interesting worlds, societies and people who reside in them. There is an excitement that builds up as Damon finds out that Julia is the bride he was married to as a child and she happens to be the woman who has captured his attraction above all others.
As an accomplished actress and independent woman, Julia has much more to loose in this romance, and although she resists the romance for the duration of the book, she just can't seem to evade the strong love she feels for Damon. Damon, of course, is passionately in love with Julia and is an assertive and aggressive suitor. He knows what he wants (which is Julia) and is determined to win her love. And, although the chemistry is strong between the hero and heroine, there isn't complete relief when they are together. During love scenes and romantic encounters between the pair, there is still lingering tension that cannot allow the reader complete enjoyment.
However, there is a very satisfying ending knowing that Damon and Julia were able to reconcile their differences, compromise and meet each other half way to create a balanced and what seems like a fulfilling marriage.
It's definitely worth the listen, even though not one of Kleypas' most stellar novels.
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