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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (September 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440235537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440235538
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,400,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Setting: England, 1820
Sensuality: 7

At 25, Hayley Albright--the oldest of her orphaned family--firmly decides that she will not marry. Instead, she devotes herself to her household of boisterous siblings and eccentric servants, giving up her dreams of love and marriage until one moonlit night, when she comes upon a wounded stranger in the woods. Determined to save him, Hayley takes him home and nurses him back to health.

Lord Stephen Barrett awakens in an unfamiliar bedchamber to find he's been shot in what appears to be the second attempt on his life. Deciding that the Albright home is a safe place to recuperate while he works out a plan to catch his assailant, he conceals his true identity by telling his rescuer that he is a tutor en route to his next assignment. What Stephen won't admit, even to himself, is that Hayley's warmth of spirit, beautiful face, aquamarine eyes, and lushly curved six-foot-tall body is a powerful inducement for him to remain in Kent. Before long, however, Stephen can't deny that Hayley stirs a fierce passion in him while the rambunctious children and devoted servants threaten to melt the icy coldness of his heart. But he must leave the Albright home to identify and capture his would-be assassin, for to remain would place the family in jeopardy. Will Hayley forgive Stephen for deserting her--if only for a little while--and can Stephen come to terms with the depth of his feelings for the beautiful spinster?

In her debut novel, D'Alessandro pairs a moody, dark hero with a sunny, free-spirited heroine while demonstrating a marked talent for gathering a cast of lively secondary characters. The hero is endearingly obtuse about recognizing love and the heroine admirable in her determination not to pine for a man who refuses to realize their rare good fortune. --Lois Faye Dyer

About the Author

Jacquie D'Alessandro grew up on Long Island and fell in love with romance at an early age. She dreamed of being swept away by a dashing rogue riding a spirited stallion. When her hero finally showed up, he was dressed in jeans and driving a Volkswagen, but she recognized him anyway. They married after they both graduated from Hofstra University, and are now living their happily-ever-after in Atlanta, Georgia, along with their very bright and active eight-year-old son, who is a dashing rogue in the making. Red Roses Mean Love is Jacquie's first book. She is currently working on her next historical romance for Dell.

Customer Reviews

This was a very sweet love story with endearing characters.
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I am happy to report that I was not disappointed - except that the book had to end!
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I thourghly enjoyed my time reading this book and highly recommend it.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book had everything....suspense....romance... I especially liked the tea parties...could picture grown men sitting in tiny chairs...drinking tea from miniscule cups...loved the pets also...loved the misplaced sailors filling in as housemen...the hero was great.,the heroine lovely...will save this book forever...and read it again ...
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 1999
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Someone had hired thugs to assassinate Lord Stephen Barrett. The second attempt almost succeeded. Hayley Albright finds Stephen close to dead in the woods and takes him to her home to recover. Stephen pretends to be a tutor. With the help of his brother-in-law, Stephen decides to lay low at the Albright house for awhile and recover in hopes the culprit can be found.
Hayley's parents were years dead. Her father had died without leaving the family with much funds. Hayley, being the oldest, took control. She had to take care of five siblings and a staff. As Stephen recovered, Hayley had unknowingly shown him all that was missing in his life. Hayley's love of her family showed in everything she did. The entire family treated Stephen as one of them, instead of as a stranger. But soon, Stephen would have to return to his own world and face a killer. Hayley had her own secret: how she paid the bills.
***Everyone simply HAS to read this one! I chuckled all the way through it! I laughed out loud several times and twice had to stop to wipe the tears out of my eyes from laughing so hard! This is Jacquie D'Alessandro's debut novel. Dell Publishing was wise enough to quickly snatch up the rights to this author's second novel. With this one book, she has hit my tiny list of authors which I automatically purchase without reading the back first. If it has the name Jacquie D'Alessandro on it, it's guaranteed to please!***
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J Payne on February 29, 2000
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Red Roses Mean Love delivers what every romance reader wants: a spirited love story filled with characters so rich, they live beyond the final page. Jacquie d'Alessandro, in this debut novel, has bested many romance veterans with her witty characters, vivid descriptions, and laugh-out-loud scenes. Like real women,Hayley is passionate about more than just a man. She adores her family, her vocation, even the scraggly mongrels desparately in need of a bath. Stephen Barrett doesn't stand a chance--and he's all the better for it! Home life is hilarious and the love scenes are sensual and honest. A delightful read that offers the very best of romantic fiction. I can't wait for the next book!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 1999
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I really loved this book. The plot and the characterization were both outstanding (The secondary players were hysterical!), and Hayley was someone I could definitely relate to. Even though the book takes place in 1820, Hayley still had the same problems all women have--juggling home, kids, and career--and falling in love. And Stephen was just wonderful--aloof on the outside, but the poor guy WAS thrust into a completely foreign environment with Hayley and her unusual family. Not to mention that there was a killer after him! Seeing Stephen change from a cold, unloved man into the sort of man we all dream about through the warmth and love of Hayley's family is something I will never forget. I wish there were more like him around! Bravo Ms. D'Alessandro on a fabulous debut. You've made it onto my very select list of must-buy authors.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1999
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What a wonderful book this is! I was going to give my sister my copy to read, but after finishing Red Roses (I stayed up all night to finish it!), I told my sister she'd have to buy her own because my copy was going right onto my keeper shelf. The characters were REAL people. No cardboard people in THIS book. Hayley was a strong, loving heroine, and Stephen was marvelous. The poor man, in spite of having every material advantage, had never known love in his entire life--until Hayley and her family came along. I loved how the author took a sad, lonely, cynical man and let him grow into someone I fell in love with. He had his flaws, but the strength of this family's love showed him a new way. It was wonderful from the first page to the last. It made me feel so good, I'm still smiling! If I could give it FIFTY stars I would!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SJ on October 30, 2010
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I started off really liking this book and its hero/heroine , but by the end I sadly despised all three. The hero had been shown very little love in his life and someone was trying to kill him (he didn't have much to work with) but instead of overcoming his difficulties he remained selfish, self-centered, and unbelievably wishy-washy. He went from showing extreme kindness to bitter coldness in the blink of an eye--Over and Over and Over Again. That is, when he wasn't selfishly trying to drink his deficiencies away instead of facing them. (You just knew he would continue that pattern for the rest of his life.) I lost my respect for the heroine when she kept putting up with it.

There was also WAY too much of the hero/heroine's repetitive self ponderings weighing the story down. The villain was too obvious early on (taking the mystery away) and the attempts on his life became silly. The humor was few and much lighter than I was told to expect and the ending wasn't so much rushed as it was simply cut off in mid thought. I realize this was the author's first book (and she did create some really wonderful secondary characters,) but I was left with such a down-feeling that I'm not sure I'm up to another try.
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jacquie D'Alessandro has written more than thirty books spanning the historical, contemporary romantic comedy and women's fiction genres. She is a four-time RITA finalist, four-time Maggie Award of Excellence finalist, two-time Daphne du Maurier Award finalist, and both a PRISM Award and National Readers' Choice Award finalist. She's the recipient of three Orange Rose Awards, two Golden Quill Awards as well as a Booksellers' Best Award, a Barclay Gold Award, and a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for "Best Historical Love and Laughter." Her books have been published in over 21 languages. Jacquie grew up on Long Island, New York, graduated from Hofstra University and now lives in Georgia with her husband and son.

Jacquie loves to hear from readers! You can contact her through her website at http://www.jacquied.com or join her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JacquieDAlessandroReaderPage or follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jacquiedbooks. Jacquie also blogs with the Whine Sisters at http://whinesisters.com. She is currently working on a new series of ebooks in a joint venture with other bestselling authors. Visit http://www.WeDazzleU.com for more details. No matter what genre she's writing in, all of Jacquie's books are filled with two of her favorite things--love and laughter.

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