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Her Dark Baron [Kindle Edition]

Nadja Notariani
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Scottish marauders, incensed at England's King Charles I and emboldened after achieving the upper hand in the Bishop's War of 1640, wreak havoc on the inhabitants of Northumberland, England, and Lady Mariel Hayes finds herself at the mercy of the land hungry Baron Harold Flanders after her father is killed in a border raid. Powerless to save herself from being forced to wed the vile Flanders, Mariel prays for divine intervention. But when her salvation comes, it proves more terrifying than comforting as Mariel learns that by order of the crown, she is to wed the dark and mysterious Baron Gervace Daltry, known far and wide as the Hound of Hell.

Mariel seeks to accept this new life with her dark Baron, a man whose secrets haunt her even as his touch inflames her body. But before her mind can reconcile the sinner she knows him to be with the seductive lover she willingly surrenders to, Mariel must confront the fears that whisper to her, as evidence mounts that her life may soon be forfeit, and decide whether to trust the man she begins to love, or betray the man rumored to be the Devil's instrument of destruction.

Product Details

  • File Size: 198 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Nadja Notariani; 1 edition (December 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,050 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth your time February 15, 2012
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I am an avid reader of historicals, whether they are straight fiction or romance, and after I purchased a top historical novel online Amazon recommended Her Dark Baron by author Nadja Notariani. I thought for 99 cents I'd give it a try. From the Amazon description I thought I was getting romance, history, and a little mystery, but what I got was an atrocity trying to pass itself off as a romance novel. How I got through this very short novella is beyond me. I kept going just because I couldn't believe that someone who considers themselves an author could be so ignorant of the English language, the necessity of plot and tension, point of view within a story, and the history of the time period she is writing about.

First, the author uses words for which she does not know the meaning, such as alight and vulgar. I realize these aren't even SAT caliber words so you'd expect a person who considers themselves an author to know the meanings, but this one doesn't. Then there are some very basic grammar problems. Has no one ever taught this woman how to use a comma? Does she have an editor? The writing ends up stilted because Ms. Notariani strings together words that don't belong together or make sense.

Also, while in the point of view of one of our main characters, Mariel, the author has the character describe the color of her own cheeks. Problem is that she isn't looking in the mirror. She and her hero must also be mind-readers because they always seem to know what the other is thinking and feeling without any dialogue between the characters. This is a serious point of view problem, which any avid reader should have caught, let alone an editor. Then there are the laughable errors, such as the unfortunate innuendo when the hero draws his short blade to cut his own leg.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Romance! December 31, 2011
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When I was in my early twenties, I used to devour a Barbara Cartland historical romance every night. They were short and so romantic! It's been a long time since I've read any historical romances and I didn't realize how badly I'd missed them until I read Her Dark Baron. This book was so well written, and it kept me interested through the whole story. It was sweet, sexy, and intriguing. The love scenes were much more graphic than the old books I used to read, but I CERTAINLY didn't mind. This was a great read and I definitely look forward to more from this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Skips over too much. February 13, 2012
By Megan
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I mostly enjoyed reading this book. At $0.99, it's worth a shot. My only real complaint is that in several places in the story, the author suddenly skips ahead in the timeline, mentioning in a single sentence several important things that have happened. It felt rushed, and I think if these moments had been expanded on, it would have made for a much better read.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for Lovers of Romance December 16, 2011
By Komal
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Her Dark Baron is written beautifully. The words flow well and the descriptions are vivid and transport you immediately to a different time period with ease. The novella has just the right touch of intrigue, mystery and sensuality to it to make it a great romantic read.

I was drawn in from the very first chapter. Mariel, our leading lady, is such a great character and what I loved about her was that she was strong-willed. Yes, she did need saving. Yes, she did what she was ordered too, but there is some part of her that doesn't conform to the ideas around her. She thinks for herself and it was great to see her interaction with her husband.

So, we come to Gervase. He's mysterious and dangerous, and I was curious about his character from the beginning. Was he a murderer? What did he want with Mariel? Was he going to hurt her? Nadja Notariani answers all our questions in due time and I was satisfied with what I learned. The steamy scenes are written well but, keep in mind, this is a book for adults not teens. When Mariel and Gervase consummate their marriage, it is well worth the wait.

A mystery kicks in midway and I'd already made my deductions about who was behind it. I ended up being half wrong so that left me feeling surprised. It was a well-incorporated plot twist so I have to give Ms Notariani points for that. The side characters weren't just there for the sake of being there. They each had a purpose and a strong personality, and were memorable in their own way, especially Baron Flanders. I appreciate how difficult this must be considering it is a novella and there is a limit on words.

The only thing I wished was different was that it had been a full length novel instead of a novella. I was so absorbed by this world that I didn't want to leave so soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Character Development Please... February 19, 2012
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"Her Dark Baron" was just the type of book I like - but this one did not develope the Hero enough for me. I love strong Alpha's in Romance novels. The rakish good looks, the powerful horses, the skilled lover - I like it all; but I did not get to know the hero enough, what was he doing with his life, I suspect it was a "good thing", but what???.

It was an okay read; I know the setting is in the 1600's, however, the boating plot would not take CSI to figure out - what was the villian thinking??? But you'll see - it was certainly some tom foolery on the villian's part. I hope there is more of the Baron in future books. I rather liked him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark
Slow start for plot and characters but finally started to grow so that I finished this book. Will try another by this author to see if it was just this book or what. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Melanie D. French
3.0 out of 5 stars It was good
I like this book, it was okay. The story was obvious, you can read it in one day, you can not connect with the characters.
Published 10 months ago by Elizabeth Chico
4.0 out of 5 stars <3
Romantic; such an accurate word! I was so emotionally attached to the characters, I was disappointed when I came to the last page!
Published 12 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite from this author
Her Dark Baron was my favorite read from Nadja so far. The story was sexy and kept me wanting more.
Published 15 months ago by Jess
4.0 out of 5 stars Her Dark Baron
Good book. You liked the baron right away, but we're suspicious of his 'disappearing'. Good read. Watching the care start between the two was interesting
Published 23 months ago by beachgirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming
If you like romantic novellas- then this is one I believe you will really like.
It is an appealing story that takes place in the 1600's. Read more
Published on October 24, 2012 by Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author)
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story!
first of all, loved the title. Second of all, it's a great story with some good hot moments. I really like this author and will read her again.
Published on August 3, 2012 by Elizabeth Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite historical novellas...
This review was originally posted on "The Historical Romance Critic" []

I had decided to stop reviewing novellas, because they typically aren't worth the... Read more
Published on July 3, 2012 by Christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I must admit, historical romance isn't my thing, but I figured I'd give it a try along with some others. It isn't what I expected. Read more
Published on April 1, 2012 by Horace Ward
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read...
Baron Gervase Daltrey, is a dark, mysterious and most feared man - a demonic Hound of Hell to all who know him. Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by Lee-Ann Graff Vinson
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More About the Author

۩ Author Biography ۩

Nadja Notariani was born in Rochester, Pennsylvania. Her upbringing included very diverse environments, affording wide and varied richness of ethnic and religious tradition. Raised in both an Italian/Mediterranean American home and a traditional German household, Nadja gleaned the unique benefits of viewing the world through two widely different lenses.

Nadja resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania, ever embracing new adventures with her husband, three sons and faithful German Shepherd. She also boasts two grown daughters, who have flown the nest to pursue their own adventures.
Within her titles, readers can find romance and adventure, from contemporary to paranormal to historical, always with a happily-ever-after. Nadja enjoys hearing from readers and can be found at her website, on Facebook, Goodreads, and at Romance Novel Center. Readers are welcome to contact her via email.

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