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1.0 out of 5 starsDon’t waste your time and money!
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2018
This book starts out with great characters and story line. THEN it gets juvenile and unbelievable as well as sexually explicit! I do not recommend this book. One one the main male characters decides to basically rape Linley( a young innocent girl) because she told him she intended at some point to have a lover. Patrick wanted to be that man to supposedly protect her. Then the story line goes way downhill from there with explicit details of the two of them coming together. Totally unbelievable if for no other reason they were in a monastery with her father down the hall and only a drape for a door. According to the narrative her room was located on a busy corridor where the rest of her crew had to walk by toward their own rooms and it was a noisy encounter. I had planned to buy the next one in the series but no way. A good story can stand on the character of the story line and believable people. This book does neither. It sounds like it was written by an author who got lost in the story and thought shock might get her back on track but she totally got lost and could not recover. Don’t waste your time and money!
This story exhausted me! Too much time spent trudging through the jungle with rain, heat, and primitive conditions. I just found it hard to believe that a aristocratic gentleman would be willing to follow a poor commoner and live in these conditions. It felt too long and too unbelievable for my taste. Also the fact that her father and the men who she had grown up with, would be so unwilling to allow her a relationship with someone who loved her and the fact that they thought those living conditions were acceptable for a young woman at all. They seemed selfish and controlling. Also the sex scene in the HOSPITAL after she's nearly died and he has almost had his feet amputated was just odd. Really, can't you hold off until you both are feeling better and in a more intimate and PRIVATE setting??? Just not my cup of tea!
2.0 out of 5 starsHad potential...good story line but explicit sex ruined the sweet romance it should have been.
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2015
This book started out great and it seemed a nice, sweet love story. It was refreshingly different, and kept my interest. But then it started to drag for a while, so much so I almost quit reading it. But, I persevered and it picked up the pace and I was once again enjoying the story. Then I started noticing grammatical errors, e.g., "a man can become whoever he wants to be," "This is about you and I," "he had just went to work." So distracting! That could be forgiven, but....THEN the first graphic sex....I shake my head because it's so improbable. She's the pursuer, a virgin who has been more or less away from society nearly her entire life, and she gets into the sex like she's a total whore with absolutely no inhibitions & making all sorts of loud noises. And all the time her father & his expedition team are nearby, as well as the monks because they're in a monastery! No thoughts of or precautions to avoid an unwanted pregnancy, just fulfilling her desire to have sex with this mostly unbelievable character, the Marquess. So, I flipped through the pages until it was all over and hoped it didn't happen again. It did. And the end was a let-down...just kind of left up in the air not really knowing the situation
Even for free, this book is not worth your time. The heroine, Linley is just awful. She is selfish, foolish, and manipulative. Patrick, the hero, is really not much of a hero. He is a pathetic, weak man, who willingly casts aside his life to follow Linley on her archeological quests. You really are left baffled about Linley’s appeal. It is commented many times how she wasn’t pretty. Too thin, too flat-chested, uneducated, and obsessed with the relationship she has with her father. The father is a selfish fortune hunter who will use any means to get funding for his quests. Supporting characters come off as bullies, especially in their treatment of our sad hero, Patrick. I forced myself to finish reading the book to arrive at a terrible ending with little true resolution to the story. So frustrating! As I said, don’t bother to read. It is a waste of time.
I loved this book, it kept me reading for 2 nights. The entire book got my attention except for the last 1/3 when he followed her to India. Fate but not much reality like: 1. when the train hit the elephants (I was scared that it would get into much more desciption on the hurt elephants). 2. A bit incredible that the entire group could walk and find other Englishman to invite them to their house and coincidentally read about Lord Kire in a publication with his photo. 3. that they missed each other by one day and then catching up 4. All that journey on top of elephants, and walked endlessly then up to the monastery with the Lama able to speak English 5. The detailed sex scenes were totally unnecessary, specially at the missionary hospital
I loved the last paragraph, "understand one thing: Real love wasn’t about happy endings. It was about the moments spent together, and what you made of them."
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2015
This is a difficult review because I found this book interesting, but I didn't love it or the characters.
What I liked most was the premise of loving and marrying someone you really like and with whom you are already share a friendship.
That said, I didn't like the characters in (heroine) Linley's "family" but I liked her, sort of. Patrick (hero) was also likable, sort of, except when he wasn't.. The story was steady, but I could easily put it down and not think about it until I picked it up again, but I was determined to finish the story.
To my surprise, book one was complete, sort of, but it was not a HEA ending because there are two more books to follow. I may read the next book if I need a read that I can easily put down while busy with other activities.
This is a brilliant story about two people with completely different live thrown together by chance. When Linley (not an English name!) comes to London and falls in love with Patrick who she first met in Egypt, she decides she has to leave him as she cannot let her father, an archaologist, go without her. Patrick finds he is so unhappy without her he goes to India in search of her and 'bumps' into her, again by chance. The story goes on following Linley, Patrick (who is unwelcome on the expedition, and the rest of the group of explorers through monsoons, floods and impossible terraine looking for some ancient scrolls. Eventually Linley becomes very ill and, when it is obvious to Patrick and no one else, she will die if she doesn't get medical help. So, he takes the only action he thinks will save her....... A rivetting story but when an author is writing about English people why doesn't she have the courtesy to use English terms? In Edwardian times especially English people would never have said 'gotten' and we wear rain coats not 'rain slickers' and water closets are called lavatories or toilets over here. This irritated me so much I nearly stopped reading which would have been a shame as the story was brilliant except for the totally unneccessary descriptions of their lovemaking. Why can't things like that be left to our imagination. I have read books about Americans and Canadians and, of course, the terms used are acceptable then. So, brilliant story but because of the rubbish English and unneccessary descriptions of lovemaking I have only given three stars. The story in itself deserves more but it has been spoiled by those issues.
1.0 out of 5 starsIt's not often I really can't be bothered reading a book to the very end
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 10, 2017
Oh dear. I really did try to make allowances for this book as I had downloaded it for free. But honestly - there really is a limit. It was bearable until just over half way through and then everything became "more" Linley was more determined than ever to lose her virginity without having to commit to a marriage. Her father's obsession with missing scrolls got more bizarre. Their travelling companion's disrespectful behaviour towards Patrick got even more obnoxious. Meanwhile Patrick has been making changes so he can occasionally spend time with Linley, have sex with her but not have to marry her and all the while keep his title and properties back in England safe. By which time I was getting more and more frustrated that I was actually wasting my time reading such drivel. Life is too short. I abandoned and will not bother with this author again
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 19, 2017
This is the first time I've read Allyson Jeleyne's work, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I downloaded it free from Amazon & without realising it, also downloaded it onto iBook . I give the book 4.5*.
Linley has travelled all over the world with her archaeologist father. When in Morocco she meets Patrick Wolford, she is enchanted. He is smitten with the young lady who is nothing like the ladies of society.
Linley's father Bedford, decides to take his team with him to London when he received his knighthood. While out shopping with Cousin Berenice for new outfits, they meet & extract an invitation from one of London's society families. Bedford & Berenice are pleased: he's hoping to get further funding for expeditions; she's hoping Linley will find a good match. However, at the ball, Linley meets Patrick, who is the Marquis of Kyre.
Despite spending time together in London, Linley leaves for India with her father. Patrick decides he loves her & chases halfway across the world to find her...
There were a couple of issues that I did not like about the book. I felt Linley was to "forward", taking on a lover, but not wanting marriage. Patrick did not act like the gentleman he was supposed to be & took her virginity. He also knew that he couldn't marry Linley as he need the dowry of a rich wife. There are a few love scenes in this book.
The epilogue does not mention what happened to the team after Patrick got Linley to the missionary when she fell ill. It would have been nice to know, so not completely wrapped up the story. Furthermore, although Patrick & Linley marry, they don't get their HEA as at the end of the book, Patrick is leaving his wife to fight in the war.
I downloaded this book as it was free, it's not my usual choice. I enjoyed it and couldn't put it down. It is centred around Linley who has followed her dad all across the world, he works as an archaeologist a very famous one! They arrive in London to family, female family where she struggles to fit in as well as high society. She meets Patrick who is a Marquess - poles apart but destined to be together. A book that pulls at the heart strings and has very likeable characters. I enjoyed it and will look for more from this author.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2016
It was free and I quite enjoyed it, even though I found both characters a bit unbelievable. Considering the era and their backgrounds she was too promiscuous and he wasn't the typical gentleman from the noble classes. The description of how he got her to the mission hospital was well written, a lot of the scenes where they were in London society didn't work for me. I found some parts of the story at this stage boring. Other bits,(Marocco) were more enjoyable. I imagine the authoress has tried very hard to produce a story that is enjoyable from beginning to end, and perhaps the follow-up will gain from the well-meant less flattering revues. With thanks for the free download, and wishing luck for the follow-up story.