Years later, the girl Colton spurned has blossomed into an uncommon beauty desired by every eligible bachelor in the land, except the man she desires, the decorated hero who has finally returned home. As arrogant and seductive as ever, Colton agrees to court Lady Adriana for ninety days to prove that love cannot be forced, after which time he will be free. But this stunning, spirited woman is far different from the young chit he left behind. And a heroic heart, once tightly closed, is now susceptible to Adriana's charm and sensuality, even as dark secrets and a rival's treachery threaten to steal her from Colton's arms forever.
©2003 Kathleen E. Woodiwiss; (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers
"...the racy escapades are as entertaining as ever." (Publishers Weekly)
Lover of all books, especially Romance!
Bottom line is this is my ALL TIME favorite HR book period. I read it yearly in print, but this abridged version is terrible. They have cut all the great parts and back story out to the point your like hey, how did we get here and why are we here. You lose time and place during the story. Buy the book it is AWESOME!
The story was very formulaic and the language was painful to read at times. The use of the word "orbs" to refer to eyes over and over again made me wince each time I heard it...
I love this book, but I cannot stand that it left out key parts to the story.
For a start I would get someone who is much younger and not a smoker. She is interesting, but it was weird to hear a story like this through this voice.
I don't know
Please get the unabridged version! I love this story but you are missing key elements. Also, please get a younger person to read the story.
I have read most of Kathleen Woodiwiss novels, however this is far from her best. I did not finish it. Not near as entertaining as The Flame and the Flower
This book was a historical romance and I enjoyed it immensely. The story line was good and it had romance and suspense. I highly recommend.
Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.
This is a truly dreadful book in all respects. The heroine is supposedly 'headstrong' but comes off childish and irritating while the hero rigidly lacks charm. Their romantic obstacle (misplaced pride again - and it has never seemed more outlandishly self-involved) is too foolish to care about one way or another. I'm sad to say that the worst of all is the narration. Lynn Redgrave's virtuoso performance just shines lights on the book's every flaw. Reading this silly story as if it were Shakespeare just makes it seem more ridiculous that it is. And that is very ridiculous indeed.
"Fun historical romance"
There are all the ups and downs of a good historical romance. I felt that the leading lady was a bit two dimensional, could have been her 'innocence'... but don't let this put you off. It was still worth the journey with lots of secrets in the closet, murder, mystery, fights, intrigue. If you are looking for a good dose of light-hearted entertainment - you have found a winner.
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