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Product Details

  • Series: Berkley Sensation
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425225518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425225516
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,887,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master's degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has two cats and two dogs. Also a son. One of the cats is his. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful characters and a beautiful and steamy love story.
Donna M Crane
It's very well written and the characters are very believable, especially Sophie and Banallt.
DesertRose
Overall, a very good read that I strongly recommend to historical romance fans.
Karlyn

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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Georgia O'Keefe on September 15, 2012
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Our heroine Sophie has been badly burned by her cheating hubby. He's since died and she's living with her brother still in mourning, when she is visited by Banallt, a Duke, and one of her hubby's scoundrel friends from back in the day; a man with whom she had forged an unlikely friendship. At the time, he was busy drinking and rutting his way through half the female population of England. Oh, and he was married too. To a lovely, sad woman, with whom he was, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, in love.

Our hero's wife has since died, and he's turned over a new leaf. All he has to do now is convince the lovely Sophie that he's no longer a cruel serial adulterer. Easier said than done when she's witnessed first hand what he was like at his worst.

There's some good dialogue here, and the hero actually seems like a decent human being. But there's a striking lack of "why"ness. What I means is, he is in love with the heroine, but it's not at all clear why. But way more importantly, this is a man, who, in a pivotal conversation with our heroine when they are both still married admits that: (a) he loves his wife without reservation, (b) he loves his three year old daughter more than anything in the world, and (c) he cannot and will not stop sleeping with anything in knickers and a dress. No ability or inclination to be faithful whatsoever.

So far so good. I'm interested in how such an unattractive hero can be rehabilitated. I zip through the book in my eagerness to learn (with our dear Sophie) to trust this cad. And I really wanted to.

But here's the problem:

Tommy, the ne'er' Sophie's thoughtless, disloyal, hubby, cheats on her, most likely because he is indifferent to her, the cheats on her and leaves her alone for years at a time.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By regularjane on March 9, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am an avid historical romance reader, and I love the reformed rake archetype as well as the sexy bluestocking. Carolyn Jewel lays down some very interesting groundwork. I was intrigued by the emotionally abused widow heroine and the rakish hero who is determined to prove that he has changed his ways. However, Sophie and Banallt's relationship felt like one long stall. There was very little forward movement until the end and, by that time, I was no longer interested. And I'm not sure that having TWO other suitors increases Sophie's attraction. In fact, I found those two other storylines distracting because she neither used these men to make Banallt jealous nor showed any interest in them, so I'm not sure how the two men helped with the plotting, except slow it down. Sophie might have experienced a lot of pain and hurt, but I would have appreciated if she demonstrated a little more spirit rather than being so overly tortured. I hope with future books, the author exploits her great ideas more fully and picks up the pacing.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By RETSmile on April 6, 2009
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This is a story about a rake who falls in love with his best friend's wife. The problem is that she despises him. Over time, their friendship grows and he is overcome by his love for her. He is obsessed with her, and when she is widowed, he will do anything to win her love and respect. This is a good story with a heartfelt romance. The heroine's resistance did wear on me a little. It just seemed to go on and on and on, and consequently, made the heroine a bit annoying at times. However, it was nice to read about a hero who never gives up on the true love of his life. I agree that this story is very slow paced and I also agree that it was nice to finally read a HR without a murder plot driving it.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By K. Reinke on February 8, 2009
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This is such a wonderful story, I felt compelled to weigh in...

I won't sum up the plot, which you can read in the synopsis and in the other reviews. What drew me in was the authors wonderful way with words, and her realistic characters! Both Sophie and Banalt were so memorable and TRUE.

Sophie is an eccentric bookworm and romantic. Against her very nature and instincts, constant betrayals by her first husband force her to raise a high wall around her heart. Her pain and strength are both palpable things in her life. Banalt is a rather typical, jaded, and yes - irredeemable - nobleman. However, his exposure to Sophie's innate strength, goodness, and "beautiful blue-green eyes", inspire a desire in him to become his better self. I felt that I knew them and was very invested in their lives and happiness. Ms. Jewel has done a marvelous job of showing and telling us about these two people. As readers, we understood their instincts, desires, and motivations. I was frequently moved to tears, on both their behalves, because I understood them.

The secondary characters were equally well and honestly portrayed. I will not soon forget Sophie's brother, John.

Bravo to wonderful characters and a wonderful story of second chances!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sharli on December 5, 2014
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Such a frustrating novel to read, after 2 chapters I almost stopped reading but wanted to review it properly so persisted & it took almost a week to read which is unusual for me!

I could not stand how in the first 2 chapters that it was mentioned at least 6 times how unattractive Sophie was (then numerous more times throughout the book) but she had nice eyes. Another frustration was the name of the hero, Gwilym aka Lord Bannalt or the Duke, Vedaelin. To me they do not roll off the tongue very smoothly & its even hard for me to get my head around them when I read them.

The first half of the book was dragged out & included many flash backs which interfered with the story. It was only in the second half of the book that Sophie & Bannalt even kissed. As unattractive as Sophie was she still managed to attract 2 other suitors including the Duke. These 2 suitors were a distraction & did not contribute much to the story. The Duke's interest, if it was really there, dissipated in to nothing.

John, the brother of Sophie was in love with Bannalt's cousin & she loved him back but her father refused the match. Then for no apparent reason John was killed off. Sophie sent John & Bannalt to rescue an heiress from a fortune hunter which they succeeded in doing but John was fatally shot in the process. This was yet another distraction in the story & infuriated me. I read historical romances to escape & prefer happier novels but this just read like a tragedy.
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Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master's degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has two cats and a dog. Also a son. One of the cats is his.

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