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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: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,658 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.

Customer Reviews

I had good time with the book and ended it wishing the characters well.
She also did a great job with the secondary characters, the plot development and resolution as well.
If you love scorching, erotic sex scenes, tons of emotion and romance then this is the book for you.
Barb H

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157 of 167 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
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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
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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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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Shelby on November 27, 2008
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A simple, unromantic erotic novel. Suitable for one-handed reading. The publisher must have laughed all the way to the Bank.
This historical romance fails to deliver any romance. The Novel opens at the Crystal Palace with the hero copping a feel of the heroine's breast. The heroine almost comes when he fingers her bare palm inside her glove. Oh my.
The hero follows the aroused heroine, proposing various sexual activities. Finally they consummate this anonymous relationship, hiding behind a screen, and screwing madly up against a wall.
Passion doesn't do much more than take it all in, if you know what I mean. After an unfulfilling marriage and two years of proper mourning, Passion is ready for a lot of action. She agrees to continue meeting/screwing Mark at various locales. Sometimes he crawls up the trellis and through her window. Believe it or not, these two are adults.
Here's the plot, unfortunately, it is not as large and powerful as Mark's minutely described member. That's ok, the limp plot goes well with the shallow characterizations. Mark and Passion's deep sexual relationship must wither on the trellis 'cause Mark has been blackmailed into a loveless engagement. Oh no.
Turns out his beloved brother, Matt, is illegitimate. Mark will do anything to protect his brother. All will be revealed if he doesn't obey his Mother's blackmailing former bosom buddy. Seems that Mommy Dearest was given to writing indiscreet letters to this friend.
Mark's mother is a laughable caricature. An evil, adulterous harpy, who never loved him or his father. Oh boy. The adult Mark is selfish and demanding due to this lack of maternal love and kindness. Oh please.
Passion is little more than a receptacle. She happily accepts what ever Mark shoves into her.
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