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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Sensation (July 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425203972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425203972
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every word sizzles off the page. -- Jill Marie Landis

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Lisa Valdez was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but grew up in Los Angeles, California. She received her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from UCLA. She still resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

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159 of 170 people found the following review helpful By D. K. Stokes on August 13, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A chance meeting between a widow and a strange man leads to sex behind a screen in a... museum? (hey, I wasn't paying all that close attention to the setting--believe me, you wouldn't either. <g> suffice to say it was public) And that's just the beginning.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but it wasn't what I got. With all the explicit sex scenes, you might expect it to be erotica, but there's a depth of emotion in this book that makes it more than that.

The good:

Explicit sex scenes that don't make you cringe, giggle, or skim.

Three-dimensional characters, including the secondary characters.

A no-way-out plot that was solved honestly.

The bad:

If you're at all squeamish about explicit sex scenes or graphic language, this book isn't for you.

I didn't expect I'd be needing the Kleenex, and I had to go hunt for some. *sniff*

The excellent:

The in-depth emotional portrayal of a couple whose passion unlocks the needs and feelings they've kept hidden.

The verdict:

I've been recommending this to everyone, and Lisa Valdez has shot straight to my must-buy list on the strength of one single book.
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145 of 155 people found the following review helpful By baltimore0502 on July 26, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I must admit I was a bit wary of this book. The cover art was so "Cheryl Holt", I was worried that the book would be a series of sex scenes with little or no story. While the sex is both frequent and explicit, it is also very erotic (though this is always a matter of taste). This book also contains explicit language with a very liberal use of the F-word (among others) so those offended by such language should take note. It's the story of two strangers who form an immediate, electric, sexual bond and all the complications that follow.

Passion Elizabeth Dare Redington (I know, her name made me cringe in the beginning) is a widow of two years. She has come to London from her home in the country to spend time with her aunt and cousin in her first forays into Society as she comes out of mourning. Her marriage was not a happy one as her husband did not love her (nor she him) and treated her with total indifference. Passion has been numb for years allowing herself to be lead by duty and obligation. But when she is pulled from the path of a falling palm tree at the Crystal Palace by a handsome stranger, Passion's numbness takes flight. When this man looks at her, he actually sees her and he awakens in her all the need she has suppressed for years. She is drawn to him in a way that she has never experienced before and they play a sort of cat and mouse game as he follows her from exhibit to exhibit. They share glances, touches and conversation until they are desperate for one another and find themselves behind a screen where they give in to their mutual lust. Though she knows that it is wrong, she agrees to see him again though they only exchange first names.
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Misuzmama on February 7, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I read this book three times just to make sure that I understood

what the author was trying to get across.

I didn't summarize the plot here (there is plenty of reviews with

those), just some details of what I love/hate about this book.

First the good stuff. I thought the romance aspect was excellent and

a real tear jerker. Valdez really was able to flesh out her

characters and make a deep emotional connection. This may sound

cheesy, but I really felt that they were two lost souls that were

only complete when they found each other. And the end was a killer!

You want romantic? THIS IS IT! When they both realized that they

could never be together ever again.....I almost died! Sheesh! Bring

out the kleenex! The declarations and the circumstances were just

heart-breaking. And the ending? ~SUPER SIGH~ who doesn't love an

ending like that?!

And now the bad or is it weird? First of all, let me say that I'm

not at all averse to descriptive love scenes (the more the merrier!)

but some of these had me thinking waaaaaay to much -not a good sign.

I know most heroes are described as 'above' average in size (well no

one wants a guy with a **** the size of a pinky), but Geeze is this

man a man or a HORSE? Valdez I think went a little overboard with

this. Ok, so he's big but it doesn't stop there. He's soooo big that

he hasn't been able to find a woman that can *accept* his entire

size into her body, until (lo and behold!) he finds the heroine! And

the love scenes beat this point to DEATH!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 7, 2009
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First, I want to say that I don't want to ruin any readers who plan to read this book in the future by any spoilers--so you have been warned. This book is Erotica first and foremost. So if you purchase thinking you are getting a Historical Romance well...it is erotica first and a romance second...as far as being a historical-- the fact it takes place during the Victorian Era, well therein lies the history.

I give the book 3.5 stars overall--4 stars for creative sex scenes; far, farfetched 'appendages', bionic bunny sex occuring chapter after chapter--ridiculous anatomy of a man and woman, etc.

This book is a first for me in that instaneously the hero and heroine meet as strangers and begin having sex...hence the 'bionic bunny' title to this review. I did laugh several times throughout reading the book but not at any humor in the story but because of the outrageousness of the sex scenes and the behavior of the hero and heroine.

Don't expect any deep character development in this book, it is a very light read, a fast read and worthy of my time only because of the silliness of the hero's humongous winky (10.5" to be exact!), his over abundance of 'seed' ( his cup really doth runneth over!) and the heroine's anatomy-- her being the first woman to ever accomodate the hero's gargantuan winky completely...not to mention said winky reaches beyond the norm but clear into heroine's 'womb'.

Readers, I just have to mention this isn't possible in reality and if the feats of the hero were to be beleived well then his winky would be an instant, natural birth control tool--aborting any possible baby created with each coupling between the pair.
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