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Master of Love [Kindle Edition]

Catherine LaRoche
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Available on eBook—a sexy historical romance featuring a genteel book dealer who is commissioned to organize an impressive personal library in the home of London’s most notoriously seductive lord.

Dominick Avery, Viscount Rexton, has a brilliant mind, yet is so intoxicatingly handsome no one ever takes him seriously as the philosopher he longs to be. He cultivates a wicked reputation as Lord Adonis, Master of Love, until his uncle sends him an irresistible bequest of books, on the condition he accept also the prim librarian who comes with them.

Miss Callista Higginbotham struggles to support her quirky household as a rare book dealer and librarian, while tottering on a dangerous edge of genteel poverty. But she quickly finds herself in greater danger yet, as her newfound desire flares for the infuriatingly flirtatious lord. Dominick wants nothing more than to unleash his luscious new librarian from her straight-laced propriety. He's learned, however, never to trust desire—let alone the consuming passion that soon bedevils him.

Both must learn not to judge a book by its cover. But when Callista discovers a plot against Dominick’s life and risks all to save him, they both learn that love is the one lesson that cannot be learned from books…

Product Details

  • File Size: 2896 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (December 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AK8E50
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,631 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Master of Love, not Common Sense December 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book...oh this book. Let me put this out there first and foremost--LaRoche has her heroine, the very prim and proper Miss Callista Higginbotham, come up with not only the dewey decimal system (because it makes more sense then alphabetizing alone!) but also the card catalog system. Which I admit to missing quite a bit (but that's a discussion for another day). Its 1846. The Dewey Decimal System is created by Melvil Dewey in 1876. I'm going to assume from here on out that Melvil saw the system at the Rexton residence and stole the idea--it seems that happens a lot to this family!

This book went on much longer than it should have. While I admit that I am fond of books where the hero is the one pushing for the heroine to 'make an honest man out of him', the entire situation was so contrived that it annoyed me moreso than anything else. Worse, once that was taken care of there's yet ANOTHER obstacle--that comes out of the middle of nowhere I might add--just to drive it home to the heroine that she must love him.

LaRoche turns the whole 'dumb blonde' thing upside down by making Rexton too pretty to have a thought in his head, but I couldn't help but think that every time he said that being a viscount meant having the power to do whatever he wanted he was being disingenuous. If that was true then why didn't he just come out as brilliant clever boy that he was and damn the consequences 'cause he's a viscount? Why make such a big deal about no one taking him seriously when no less then half a dozen people close to him do?

Meanwhile Callista clearly did not use the brains she was given either. She vacillates between understanding the rules that society plays at and shock when those same rules are thrust in her face. Society will--and has!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By kate476
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Poor Dominic. He is born titled, rich, surrounded by family who loved him and he is beautiful beyond words. Well maybe not beyond words because he is described as beautiful about a thousand times in the story. And if that isn't enough of a cross to bare he's genius too. Actually that's why his father didn't like him. But he was just a jealous jerk. Everyone else is crazy about him. Of course he hides the fact that he is a brilliant philosopher. Seriously. A philosopher. If your so smart go discover penicillin. Or invent the safety pin or something useful. Don't even get me started on the heroine who thinks the way to stop him from being murdered is to expose the fact he writes philosophy papers under an assumed name. Wouldn't it have been easier to just say " "Dominic, I think you should know--so and so is planning on poisoning you." This couple had no communication whatsoever. I only gave it a second star because I liked some of the secondary character. Dumb. Dumb Dumb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting Victorian love story December 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Master of Love is a historical romance set in the Victorian era. Callista is a young woman who is setting the Ton on its ear because she is a gentlewoman who is working as a bookseller and librarian in order to support her household. Her deceased father was the third son of a baron who ended up inheriting the title but no land or money came with it. She is a strong and confident woman who struggles with taking care of her family and asking for help when needed. When he passed away, Callista was left to support the family. She obtains work as a librarian for Dominic Avery, Viscount Rexton.

Dominic is a man who is hiding who he truly is from the world. As a child, he wasn't taken seriously as a student because of his looks and this continued on into adulthood even though he has a passion for philosophy and a brilliant mind. He is considered an "Adonis." He has a reputation as a rake and is called the "Master of Love." He is tired of thought of as a Lothario and as shallow when behind the mask lies a man of strength and intelligence.

Drawn to each other from the beginning, they struggle to come together as a couple. Misunderstandings abound until Callista's virtue and life are put in jeopardy. When they finally manage to come together, Callista refuses to consider a future with Dominic until Dominic's life is threaten by his protege. Callista reveals Dominic's secret to the world in order to spare his life and finally agrees to be his wife.

I was drawn into the story of these two lovers from the very beginning. Catherine LaRoche creates dynamic, complex characters who are easy to relate to because of the struggles that they go through in order to be true to their selves. The one problem that I personally had with the story was that after Callista and Dominic came together Callista started using sex to manipulate Dominic when she wanted to avoid a discussion. Master of Love is an exciting love story and I greatly enjoyed reading it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Master of Love Review January 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved the first half of Master of Love. Callista is struggling to support her impoverished family, and she thinks she's hit the jackpot when she is given a commission to organize Dominick Avery's library. Overwhelmed by the viscount's massive collection of books, she dives into her task, determined to use this opportunity to make a name for herself. She is dismayed to learn that she is the topic of unpleasant gossip, and she quickly finds herself fighting off the unwanted advances of young gentlemen. Single and un-chaperoned, there is a great deal of speculation about her reputation. Well born ladies do not work outside of the home. Callista is finding that being a businesswoman is much more difficult that she ever imagined, due to society's low opinion of her and her need to work. When attraction flares between her and her employer, she knows that she must resist his advances in order to safe guard her reputation.

The first half of the book made me see how difficult it was for Callista to keep her family fed and clothed. Without a male relative or guardian, she had to forge a living for herself without any assistance from anyone. Her father's book business lost most of its clients after his death, as most people refused to do business with a single woman. Callista was able to secure the commission from Dominick because his uncle, a friend of her father's, insisted he give her the job. If not for this one act of kindness, she and her family would have been out on the streets. She is at the mercy of her landlord, as well. When he demanded that she pay the rent for the land for an entire year instead of every three months, she is distraught. There is no way to make the payment by the deadline without approaching Dominic for an advance on her earnings. Ugh!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heroine rushed to judgement.
The action takes place in 1847.

Heroine Callista was a bookseller/ librarian who was commissioned to organize the library of thousands of books for the hero Dominic,... Read more
Published 20 days ago by MovieLover
1.0 out of 5 stars but I did not finish Master of Love. I just could not get into it
Sorry, but I did not finish Master of Love. I just could not get into it.
Published 6 months ago by Jean Sawyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkably good tale
New author to me but I've already ordered her next book. Very likeable characters and a great plot. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cat Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lothario of London
Dominick Avery, Viscount of Rexton, is known in the ton as the "The Master of Love" due to the fact that he is so handsome he is called Lord Adonis. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sherrie Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I really enjoyed this book. In fact I was sad when it ended. Its one of those books that you get so involved with the characters that you will definitely read the book again and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by heyer addict
4.0 out of 5 stars His title became Master Of Love
He was called the master of love although he really was not in real life. People only saw him as others said he was. Read more
Published 13 months ago by LIllian Burnett
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok story......
This book was just ok for me, the story dragged way too much in the middle and the ending didn't have the closure I was expecting. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
Really loved this book. Can't wait for another. Great story and very enjoyable to read. Masterful writing by an amazing author.
Published 20 months ago by Debra Killen
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I saw a starred review of this e-book on Library Journal's website. So I bought it. I rarely buy e-books. But it's a good romance. Read more
Published on April 13, 2013 by Christyna
4.0 out of 5 stars Good historical romance. :)
I am very surprised to see that this novel only have four reviews.

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