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Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; First Edition edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420100017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420100013
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,192,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Janmarie Anello pens historical romance novels set in the elegant world of Regency England, where courageous heroes and daring heroines fight for their love and their happy ending.

Like the characters in her stories, Janmarie believes in love at first sight and happily ever after. How could she not, when she knew within minutes of meeting her husband that he was the rogue for her? Together they have two fabulous children and two rambunctious golden retriever puppies. A native New Englander, Janmarie loves the changing seasons, sharing long, leisurely dinners with family and friends, and hearing from her readers.

Please visit Janmarie on the web at www.janmarieanello.com

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Klaassen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 20, 2008
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Leah Jamison is the daughter of a cold, manipulative wealthy merchant. A man who has already tossed aside one daughter who failed to please him. Leah's father connives to blackmail Richard Wexton, the Duke of St. Austin, into marrying Leah to save a beloved member of his family from ruinous scandal. Leah's affections and hopes are already turned in another direction and she has no desire to be forced into a marriage. Her first meeting with the Duke, in which she is informed of her imminent marriage, is frighteningly intense. She is immediately physically drawn to the Duke, but is also put off by his cold, remote manner. The Duke in turn is captivated by Leah's beauty and seemingly innocent regard. They are quickly married and Leah is thrust into the Duke's elevated world. Leah struggles to fit in and to understand the Duke's convoluted family. His sister-in-law, the beautiful but venal Dowager Duchess, his beloved niece and his never do well brother. The Duke struggles to fight his growing regard for Leah and to keep from her the secret which led to their hasty marriage.

The book is well written, the characters well drawn and the story line interesting. Some of the secondary characters could have been fleshed out a bit better and perhaps only one or two of the secondary stories should have been included so they could be more fully explored. That said, the book was quite interesting and well worth reading. I look forward to reading Ms. Anello's next effort.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pen pen on February 6, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book sets off with a good start...but somewhere in between I started losing interest for a little while. I think the heroine (Leah) did not know him long enough to fall in love. They met each other and within two days she starts saying I love you? The book was pretty good but some parts were just not believable. The sex scenes were not detailed enough and short. During the sex scenes the author never describes the hero's release you only read about the heroine's satisfaction....what was that about? However, there was a good twist to the story. It has a pretty good ending. Oh yeah...there was nothing dangerous about the hero (Richard).
Actually, I thought him to be a little wimpy because he allowed his ex to get away with so much mischief.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zou Zou on March 14, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a fast moving, enjoyable but flawed romance.
The author uses the dependable plot of a nobleman blackmailed into a marriage with a nefarious tradesman's innocent daughter. Wealthy Cotton Mill Owner, Thaddeus Jamison, has discovered a truly shocking Wexton family secret. If Richard, the Duke of St. Austin, refuses to marry Jamison's daughter, Leah, then Thaddeus will "reveal all" and precipitate a terrible scandal.
Richard unwillingly proposes, Leah unwillingly accepts. Can this marriage of inconvenience bring happiness to it's coerced participants?
This situation offers ample opportunity for misunderstandings, class prejudices, and uncomfortable social interactions. The characters will need to forgive, forget and foster new loyalties. Unfortunately, the author doesn't develop these themes.
Instead she introduces an alarming array of subplots which result in a confused narrative of thinly resolved occurances and tragedies.
Richard and Leah have more personal baggage than a post-chaise boot.
The Duke's brother, Gregory, is self-destructive with addiction issues. His sister-in-law, Rachel, is a delusional, lustful harpy. His best friend, Pierce, is a womanizing wastrel who intends to marry an heiress for her dowry.
Leah has her own problems. Her sister, Catherine, was seduced and abandoned and then turned out of the house by Thaddeus Jamison. Catherine and her child have been missing for years. Leah loves her friend, Alexander, but he is deemed unsuitable by her father. Her unloving father is a cruel, manipulative social climber, who uses his daughter to advance his social position.
Add a scheming ex-mistress, suicide and murder attempts, a betrayal, a cuckolding, two paternity questions and charity work in the dangerous slums of St. Giles.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melissa VINE VOICE on May 30, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The plot line of this novel is a familiar one, a forced marriage but what makes this a stand out book is the characters not the plotline. Richard Wexton, Duke of St. Austin is forced into marrying Leah by her scheming father. Turns out that Richard's wayward younger brother has been spilling family secrets over the gambling table when he was quite drunk. To keep these secrets from being spread all over the ton, Richard agrees to marry Leah sight unseen.

He is surprised at her beauty and is instantly attracted to her. More than that, he admires her courage and recognizes quite quickly that Leah is not part of her father's machinations. He has been bitterly hurt in the past and wants no emotional entanglements.

Leah is young and idealistic. She is opposed to the marriage but has in instant physical reaction to Richard. She doesn't even know about the blackmail but believes that money may have been the reason why she is to marry a powerful Duke. She goes through with the marriage hoping to divorce the next day. Richard does not want the scandal of divorce. He and his bride do an imminently practical thing; they decide to make the best of a situation, no histrionics, no ranting about how much they hate each other. This was refreshing. So often we get an angry hero or a petulant heroine at this point of the story. Instead we have two people trying to figure out how to make a future.

Leah must navigate the nastiness of the ton (she is a tradesman's daughter), figure out how to deal with her possessive, strange sister-in-law, her husband's scheming former lovers and create a successful marriage. She is determined that her husband and she have a love match eventually.
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