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Reckless (House of Rohan Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Anne Stuart
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Adrian Alistair Rohan lost his faith, and now, a dedicated member of the depraved Heavenly Host, he loses himself in his only pleasure: the seduction and debauchery of beautiful women. Rich, charming and devastatingly skilled in the arts of love, he never fails in his conquests…until Charlotte Spenser.

Charlotte is facing a desolate, passionless future, none of which matters to Adrian, who imagines her a toy until better prey arrives. But beneath her drab exterior, Charlotte is a woman as enchanting as she is brilliant and, lured into Adrian's world, soon she becomes the seducer, and he the seduced….

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About the Author

Anne Stuart loves Japanese rock and roll, wearable art, Spike, her two kids, Clairefontaine paper, her springer spaniel Rosie, her delicious husband of over thirty years, fellow writers, her two cats, telling stories and living in Vermont. She's not too crazy about politics and diets and a winter that never ends, but then, life's always a trade-off.

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  • File Size: 318 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 077832849X
  • Publisher: MIRA (September 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZK5LBU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection...... September 13, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I didn't think that my love for Anne Stuart's work could get any stronger.....but I was wrong. The House of Rohan series absolutely takes my breath away, leaves me with butterflies in my stomach, and consumes my time and thoughts. How I wish I knew this woman personally so I could thank her for all the hours of wonderful reading she's given, and continues to give me.

Reckless was perfect.

The hero of this story, Adrian, is Francis and Elinor's son . Francis and Elinor's story can be found in the book Ruthless, and although Reckless can be read as a stand alone, Ruthless is a "don't miss" kind of book so be sure to read that one as well.

Many things separate Anne Stuart from all others. Her heroes are legendary, her stories are unique and captivating, but her gift with the character's dialogue is unparalleled. I found myself experiencing a myriad of emotions as I read this book and was captivated by the dialogue. Adrian is a complete rake and libertine. At age 30, Charlotte is a spinster who is officially "on the shelf". Charlotte has been secretly in love with Adrian for years (I love this storyline!), while Adrian has been out "sowing his wild oats".

I love a good story where the tables turn and the seducer becomes the one who is seduced! What begins as lust and a seemingly one night stand turns into so much more as Adrian is brought to his knees by Charlotte. I loved the passion in this relationship! Anytime Charlotte and Adrian were in the same room...sparks flew. Whether fighting, conversing, ignoring, or succumbing....this relationship is passionate. Another thing that separates this book from others is that I EXPERIENCED this relationship. I felt what Charlotte was feeling. I felt what Adrian was feeling. This is so rare.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I have to say that I've read books with similar plots before from other authors. Some were good and some not so good. What made this one great is that it's by Anne Stuart. Nobody writes like her and when she's on her game even a plot that has been done over and over again makes all the difference in the world. This is a little different from her normal "dark and tortured soul" style, but I liked it. I think this could have been a five star for me if the secondary romance was out and more was focused on the main story. I wanted a little more depth to the main characters. Many times the heroine mentioned Rohan's "sad" eyes, but it was never explained why he was so haunted. I would have liked to know more. For it being a 400 page book, this was actually a pretty short read.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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I liked The Wicked House of Rohan and Ruthless a lot, but in Reckless, Anne Stuart achieves a balance that had me transfixed with delight throughout the whole book.

I enjoyed the story so much that I read it in two sittings, and I got emotionally involved with the characters earlier than in the others books. The love scenes are sizzling. The interaction between Adrian and Charlotte is so well done that at times I felt like a voyeur. The way the characters from Ruthless came into Reckless was perfect. Actually it was nice to see Francis and Elinor again. If there is anything, I could say that I didn't like, it's when the secondary romance interrupts the first. I even fastforwarded a few pages to continue reading what really interested me. That's a personal thing, really trivial, which won't bother most readers. Later, I went back and read those pages I skipped, and realized the secondary romance is deeply emotional. If only it would have been feed to us at different points on the plot. In Ruthless, the secondary romance was woven in better. All the same, I still cherish Reckless. I wish there was a seven stars rating I could give it. Because I love it.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring erotic historical March 28, 2011
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'd heard great things about Anne Stuart and she's a local writer, so I said, "Why not? I'll give her a try."

Ugh. I've rarely been so bloody bored in my life. It failed on numerous levels:

This romance was one of the breed that IMO have types, not actual characters. Here, we have the spinster with self-esteem issues. She constantly laments her hair, her complexion (freckles!), her lack of experience with guys, her gawkiness, her height, etc. OK, fine, I can see why it would be such a big deal for a woman of 30 in 1804, but she deliberately dowds herself down and then has a perpetual pity party for herself with "Woe is me" inner monologues. Believe me, I could have sympathized with her "plight," but she overdid it way too much. Also, her character was all over the place. When the book opens, she's coming back from a meeting of some lame Bluestocking Grrlpower Society where the girls had a swearing lesson from a maidservant. Nothing about if this was a super secretive gathering or not - in which case, I would think that would lay these damsels open to ridicule. Yet when Charlotte finds herself cornered by the hero in a pleasure garden, she doesn't want to scream because she'll be the laughingstock of London. (Ain't that always the way in these Regency-set tales? I swear, Napoleon could have buggered England six ways to Sunday if he'd distracted London with a marriage wager.) Anyway, I thought that for someone touted as smart, she seemed awfully stupid.

Just so Charlotte won't be lonely in her corner (because she'd never shut up about it), I didn't like the hero either. This was my biggest pet peeve. Adrian is a Tell, Don't Show Rake. I hate those.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better.
I am not sure what to say about this book. I didn't hate it. I certainly have read a lot worse but it could have been so much better. Where do I begin? Read more
Published 5 months ago by loveromance
5.0 out of 5 stars loved the book
Again, loved the book. Altho I will say that I'm a bit worried about one of the characters in the book. I've been assured by Ms. Read more
Published 8 months ago by jojo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Love this book. Couldn't put it down.
Published 8 months ago by Cynthia J Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars First of Stuart
I haven't read any of her other books but let me tell you, this one is AWESOME. It's great! Doesn't drag. Love the character development. The sub-plots. I mean, everything. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Krusty Bucket
2.0 out of 5 stars no real love story
there is really no sense of why the H&H fell in love with each other. she is infatuated with him, he seduces her because of her infatuation and because the physical connection is... Read more
Published 11 months ago by kandylandmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I thought this book was better than the first book in the House of Rohan. I could hardly put the book down. Well done!
Published 13 months ago by Alicia
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I enjoyed this book so much. I will have to get the paperback edition. I am certain that I will be rereading this book many times. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tammie
2.0 out of 5 stars Very thin plot
After reading the reviews, I was expecting the book to be much better than it was. The plot was very thin and there were many pages that didn't add any value to the story. Read more
Published 15 months ago by JerseyGirl219
5.0 out of 5 stars Racy and satifying
The heroine gets her man and her man gets her, in many different places and ways. A perfect combination of historical setting, romance, and sex.
Published 19 months ago by Amethyst
2.0 out of 5 stars Was not into this type of story line.
Did not like the story content. Was not the story line for me. Maybe the next book wil be more to my liking.
Published 19 months ago by Carolyn M. Reiter
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I've been writing since the dawn of time. A child prodigy, I made my first professional sale to Jack and Jill Magazine at the age of 7, for which I received $25 (admittedly my father worked for the publisher). Since then I've written gothics, regencies, romantic suspense, historical romance, series romance -- anything with sex and violence, love and redemption. I misbehave frequently, but somehow have managed to amass lots of glittering prizes, like NYT, PW and USA Today bestseller status, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Romance Writers of America, and a decent smattering of Romantic times and RITA awards.
I live on a lake in Northern Vermont with my incredibly fabulous husband. My two children have flown the coop, but the three cats do their best to keep us from being lonely.
In my spare time I quilt and play around with wearable art, and the rest of the time I write write write. Apparently women of a certain age get a rush of creativity, and I'm currently enjoying it. Too many stories to write, not enough hours in the day.

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