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How steamy is it? Hot Damn

Publisher's Summary

Ruined beyond repair and shunned by London society, lovely Miranda Rohan rebelliously embraces the freedom that comes from having nothing left to lose. However, this dangerous course throws her under the power of the darkly enigmatic Lucien de Malheur - known to many as the Scorpion. Seeking to destroy the Rohans, Lucien traps Miranda in a marriage she thinks is based on friendship but instead is rooted in vengeance. Yet even when she realizes the truth, their enmity fuels a shocking passion---and perhaps even more. Such a man might drive anyone to murder.

Pay another visit to the House of Rohan.
©2010 Anne Kristine Stuart Ohlrogge (P)2011 Tantor

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  • Judy
  • Champaign, IL, United States
  • 03-31-11

Not Your Ordinary Love Story

I read several bad reviews of this story (in other places) and I almost did not purchase this book. However, I really enjoyed the first two books in the series so I felt in my gut that this book couldn't be that far off the mark. I'm so glad I went with my instincts and purchased the book. None of the characters in this series are the run-of-the-mill "near perfect" people you ordinarily find in romance novels, which makes them all the more fascinating! While the male lead of this story was a particularly "disturbed" character, the female lead was more than a match for him! And while many objected that he did not repent enough in the end, it was obvious to me that she brought him to his knees on a much deeper level that I found extremely gratifying.

If you want mainstream romance with soap opera beautiful characters, you won't find it here. If you want characters that are realistically flawed, edgy and sometimes dangerous, visit the House of Rohan, from the beginning story if possible. I hope there is more to come in this series.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Horrible plot!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anne Stuart is a skillful author, but the plot was horrible.

What was most disappointing about Anne Stuart’s story?

SPOILER ALERT: The story was unbelievable. The villain/protagonist coerces Miranda Rohan into remaining with him by threatening to kill Miranda's brother and states that he is motivated by vengeance. The basis of this vengeance? Lucien's insane half sister kills herself because of a slight from one of Miranda's brothers. Lucien commissions another man to destroy Miranda's reputation by abducting and raping her and then proceeds to rape her himself at a later point in the book. Disappointingly, Stuart describes the rape as "not rape" since Miranda didn't resist since she knew she would not be able to win and would be overpowered. After another betrayal, Lucien shows scars to Miranda, and Miranda cries and forgives everything. Lucien never earned trust or respect... never works to earn love.

What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ericksen sounds like a very mature narrator... maybe in her mid to late 40s or 50s... not that of a woman in her 20s.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Not your ordinary romance story

I really like this series. The heros(?) start off so bad that, although I know they are going to eventually redeem themselves, It's interesting to see how the author connects the dots to get them there. Also, the heroines aren't the usual cookie cutter women - these women aren't drop dead beautiful and they have some very realistic, gritty problems. I hope the author writes more in this series - they are never boring.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelley
  • CA, United States
  • 02-04-12

Peerless

If you haven't read this book yet, I'm jealous. You are in for such an excellent time. Anne Stuart has a gift for placing her heros dangerously close to the evil edge and this one totters thrillingly near the brink. The heroine's 'courage' is delightfully fresh and remarkably believable and the chemistry between the two is scrumptious.
Enjoy!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Distasteful, Yet Riveting

The results of a vendetta by the Scorpion on the innocent sister of his enemy was unforgivable. The cruelty, the total lack of consideration for human life or regard for others is unexceptable, but the story kept me wanting to see how it all played out. It takes a truly talented author to keep their reader riveted to a story with such distasteful content.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Disgusted!

There were some good and funny parts but overall I’m pretty disgusted. I loved the first 2 books but this one, just left me angry. Seriously this dude sets her up to get raped, then sets her up for an orgy, changing his mind at the last minute and he doesn’t really have to do anything to atone for these horrors. She forgives him in like 2 seconds... are you kidding me!?! If this seems plausible to anyone, rape culture is even worse than I thought. Absolutely disgusted!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Love

On of my all time favs. Story and narrator! You can never go wrong with this combination.
Three more words :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Not Realistic

No woman is going to marry a man who threatens to kill her brother. If her friend is actually in the carriage while she's being forced, she sends word to a magistrate or SOMETHING. It's stupid, but still not bad.

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  • Kimberly
  • ANN ARBOR, MI, United States
  • 09-24-18

Stockholm syndrome meets Fatal Attraction meets Beauty and the Beast

Straight from the you-can-change-a-man-if-you-love-him-enough tradition. Dysfunction is a valid tactic for mixing things up, but this one was too dark, too unlikely, and too ugly for me.

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  • Linda
  • Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
  • 07-29-18

Grandpa, son and granddaughter Rohan....

I have liked this series, this is the third and the fourth is in the wish list. The Rohans have a wild streak that has continued down the family line, loved the narration but I hear Eve Dallas if I listen closely.