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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061684317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061684319
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Headlong into sin . . .

A well-practiced rake, weary of easy conquests and empty pleasures, Tarquin Vale, Earl of Ashcroft, knows women—and his every instinct warns him to beware of this one. Diana Carrick's brazen overtures have thrown the haunted, sinfully handsome lord completely off his guard. Why, the exquisite temptress stated outright that she wishes to be his lover. But it is neither Diana's boldness nor her beauty that intrigues him so—it is the innocence he senses behind her worldly mask.

Intent upon the seduction that will finally free her, Diana has set her sights on the notorious Ashcroft—never dreaming that there is much more to the enigmatic rogue than sin and deviltry. His kiss is bewitching, his caress intoxicating—and even the dangerous secret Diana must protect cannot shield her from Ashcroft's dark allure.

Unwittingly yet most willingly, they are playing with fire. Now the fuse has been lit and there is no escape . . . except surrender.

About the Author

Always a voracious reader, Anna Campbell decided when she was a child that she wanted to be a writer. Her historical romances have been critically acclaimed and have won numerous awards, including the Australian Romance Readers’ Favourite Australian Romance Author from 2009 to 2012, and Favourite Historical Romance for Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed , Untouched, Captive of Sin and My Reckless Surrender. Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed also won Best First Meeting of a Couple, Best Love Scene and Best Cover for 2012. Anna lives in Queensland.

More About the Author

Anna Campbell lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia. She has four times been voted Favorite Australian romance writer by the Australian Romance Readers Association (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) and her work is published in 16 languages. She has written nine multi award-winning historical romances set in the Regency period for Avon and Grand Central Publishing Forever. Her most recent release is WHAT A DUKE DARES, book 3 in the "Sons of Sin" series. Look out for book 4, A SCOUNDREL BY MOONLIGHT, in late April 2015. Anna blogs with the Romance Bandits - You can find out more about Anna and her books at her website:
Twitter: @AnnaCampbellOz

Customer Reviews

In each of the books I have read so far, I have enjoyed strong characters and wonderful plots.
I love the way she puts her heros and heroines through such intense emotional turmoil and My Reckless Surrender was no exception-- I enjoyed it and read it in a day.
Margot E. Green
The back of this book sounded so good, but I should have known that I would end up not liking it, since I have never had any luck when it came to this author.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By melina zora on June 5, 2010
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I have loved Anna Cambell's books so far, but this one made me cringe with horror as the so called heroine was one of the most selfish, calculating, indifferent women Anna has come up with.I can say in all honesty that I despised her and would have felt relieved and vindicated if our hero abandoned her as would have been the case in an even remotely realistic story. Admittedly, we do not read romance for realism, that is why I require the main characters to be honourable, to have principles and be unwavering in their loyalty. Diana is a one dimentional character, selfishly seeking to ensure ownership of an estate through selling herself and perjuring. Is there anything admirable in that? As I will go into some details in an attempt to explain my objections, be warned that parts of the story will be revealed.

Diana brazenly asks Lord Ashcroft to have an affair with her as she claims to be interested in experiencing carnal delights, deprived to her since her husband's death eight years earlier. Lord Ashcroft is reluctant as he senses that the woman is concealing something from him but unable to resist her sexual charms, he capitulates to what proves to be an earthshattering experience for both of them. Diana has heard rumours that his Lordsahip is an incorrigible rake, susceptible to any petticoat with ample charms. She wants to become mistress of the estate she has lived on and cared for all her life on condition she give birth to Lord Ashcroft's child. Knowing him to be such a degenerate scoundrel, Diana presumes she'll have no problem bedding him and realizing her dream. Let's take a minute to consider her actions, even if we assume that Tarquin Vale (our hero's name) is indeed a scoundrel. Where are Diana's principles?
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(3 and a half stars but I'm rounding up for the good writing.) Yes, there's lots of sex in this and at first I felt it was gratuitous. Okay, maybe there is a bit more than necessary for development of the story, but at least it's done well so that you see the lust and rabbit sex developing into real, true love and it's not cold, clinical (and yet rather vulgar) sex like in Lisa Valdez's PATIENCE, for example. Premise of the story seems familiar to me, like a meld of a few books I've read in the past: A young widow (Diana Warrick) chooses a complete stranger to have an affair with, propositioning him by telling him she wants more sexual experience. Her goal (unbeknownst to him) is to get pregnant. Her pregnancy is a requirement for marriage to an aging, dying marquess, with the ultimate goal of becoming custodian of Cranston Abbey, where she lives with her father as the marquess' baliff. Tarquin Vale, Earl of Ashcroft, said to be a degenerate, jaded rake, has been chosen as her sexual partner, but it is not a random choice. That's all that can be said about that without spoilers.

Our H and H in this Campbell creation are not as tortured souls as in CAPTIVE OF SIN, her most recent previous romance, although you do have some minimal angst caused by childhood loneliness and family relationship problems. The back story of the two is revealed slowly, after Campbell has her readers hooked on (or turned off by, depending on the reader) the almost nonstop sex. Both H and H are interesting, complex characters and they need to be because they alone carry the story for most of the book. He, in addition, turns out to be likeable, unexpectedly principled, loving, generous and compassionate.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lewis on May 31, 2010
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It's unfortunate that readers don't give a proven excellent writer the benefit of the doubt when she veers from her standard hero. I adored Tarquin and appreciated this brief departure from her dark, tortured hero.

I've read all of Campbell's books and she writes primarily from the hero's point of view which I enjoy as a reader. Diana's apparent calculation and greed are neatly explained and her journey is one of self-awareness and that most tricky of paths -- true love. That she is caught so unaware of the possibility of love is delightful to watch (read).

Sex in a Campbell book is never about inserting tab A into slot B, but about the gradually awareness of two lovers who are meant for each other. Sex is never really about sex, but about the melding of two souls.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AC on December 8, 2010
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I can understand how this book would cause some polarizing opinions. I don't disagree with some of the 2-Star reviewers points. Primarily, the problem seems to be that the main character, Diana, is treacherously deceitful, and lacking in some good characteristics. But I didn't find her completely unlikable. I thought Tarquin Vale (horrible name!) probably deserved a better woman than her, but it appears he didn't want one. And the plot lacked complexity (I found that refreshing). That being said, I thought the story was compelling. I wanted to know what happened next and had a hard time putting this book down until I finished. The writing was good, the escalation of attraction was gradual (or at least, the characters' acknowledgement of the escalation was gradual). I was teetering on giving this book 3 stars, but it was a page turner and I wasn't bored. Did I like the characters... not all the time, but the story was gripping.
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