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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
I love romances with hidden identity (preferably some successful/wealthy having to pretend and live the life of someone not so financially blessed), it’s one of... Read more
Every single one of Ms. D'Alessandro's books are page turners. I can NEVER put them down until I'm finished. This is a definite must read. I loved it-every page of it.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
This story was filled with love, suspense, betrayal, family, and laughter. The colorful characters in this story made me laugh so hard my husband thought something was wrong with... Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by Cassandra Johnson
"Red Roses Mean Love" by Jacquie D'Alessandro. Way better than average Historical Romance and it is very romantic. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Amazon Customer
By jingo! Here I go again raving about another Jacquie D'Alessandro Romance Novel.
This one, "Red Roses Mean Love" is a doozy! Read more
the chemistry was ok but when they actually did kiss or have sex, it somehow disappeared.the heroine is just too nice i should say, and the hero was not very memorable. Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by skinny sam
I love the book up until they slept together and then the heroine turned in mush and the hero, I wanted to whack him in the head a few times. Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by kotomi
This was my first book by Miss D'Alessandro and won't be my last (!) This book was a very heartwarming read, it me made want to set in a comfortable spot, cuddle up and just read. Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by Iusedtobeacat
A beautiful story. A little brief in the wrap-up but filled with love nonetheless.Published on August 11, 2010 by F.Faulkner