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Silent Revenge [Kindle Edition]

Laura Landon
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Book Description

In just six days, Lady Jessica Stanton will turn twenty-five and inherit enough money to make her one of England’s wealthiest women. And when that happens, her stepbrother Colin will swoop in to take it all—along with her freedom. The only solution: find a husband strong enough to stand up to Colin. But even if she’s able to find someone able to protect her, what man will marry her once they discover her secret?

Not only is Simon Westland, Earl of Northcote, bankrupt, but the London gossip continues to speculate that he had a hand in the untimely death of his wastrel father. Now he is desperate to find a woman to keep him from losing everything. But what woman will want to marry a suspected murderer?

Thrown together by sheer necessity, Jessica and Simon agree that theirs will be a marriage of convenience. But no legal document can protect Jessica’s heart when she learns of Simon’s hidden motive for marrying her. For despite her best intentions, Jessica has fallen in love with her husband. And love is the last thing either of them wants—though it may be exactly what they both need.

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About the Author

Laura Landon taught high school for ten years before leaving the classroom to open her own ice-cream shop. As much as she loved serving up sundaes and malts from behind the counter, she closed up shop after penning her first novel. Now she spends nearly every waking minute writing, guiding her heroes and heroines to happily ever after. She is the author of more than a dozen historical novels, and her books are enjoyed by readers around the world. She lives with her family in the rural Midwest, where she devotes what free time she has to volunteering in her community.

Product Details

  • File Size: 989 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (October 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silent Revenge September 16, 2012
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Jessica lost her hearing due to an illness, and is determined that people of the ton not find out about it. She avoids social occasions, except to view the gowns she secretly designs, then leaves. She's happy with her life, until she finds that she's about to inherit a fortune on her upcoming birthday. Her wicked step brother has other plans.

Simon has recently returned from India. He left under suspicion of murdering his father. The family estates are in a shambles, but he is determined that he will not marry for money. However, there is a connection with Jessica's step brother, and her fortune would not only restore his estates, but let him be revenged on a wrong done to him. They agree to marry.

Jessica never hides her deafness from Simon, and he respects her wishes to hide her lack of hearing. Simon is very bitter, and you wonder if he will be capable of falling in love with Jessica as she has fallen in love with him.

This was an enjoyable read, though not explicit sexually. This made me feel the story lacked a little bit, as I would have liked to see how Simon treated Jessica as a lover. Still in all, a recommended read.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A very long drawn out tale..... November 5, 2012
This book could have done well as a short story. It lacked plot twists and interesting dialogue to carry it through to a whole book. The book fell flat in so many areas. The romance scenes were highly repetitive and I could see the author was trying to keep things clean (that's okay) but it came off as extremely boring. There was no angst, no real chemistry between the characters. Overall not a book I'd recommend.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read August 22, 2012
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There have been a recent number of romances that have the aristocratic heroine working undercover as a dress designer. Why this has become so popular I don't know, but this latest offering does, at least, offer a few variations to give it originality. The heroine, Lady Jessica Stanhope, is handicapped, and doing her best to keep it from the rest of society out of fear of contempt and prejudice. She stays out of the public eye as much as possible, and dresses as a frump so as to be ignored. Her difficulties, self-conciousness and means of coping make her a character with more depth than usual. The hero, Simon Westland, Earl of Northcote, has to deal with his own prejudices as well as his past tragic circumstances. Jessica inherits a large fortune, which puts her in danger from her stepbrother Colin, whom she fears will commit her to an asylum to get the money. She offers a bargain whereby Simon marries her and gets her fortune in exchange for his protection. Simon in turn, has lost most of the family possesions due to his late father's spendthrift ways. He has also long been suspected of killing his father out of jealousy over his stepmother - and former fiancee. What neither Simon nor Jessica knows is that the other is hiding secrets. Jessica hides the fact that she is society's most popular but anonymous modiste and Simon is hiding the fact that he has sworn revenge against Colin for past atrocities, and wants to marry Jessica expressly to deprive Colin of the money. If there is a weakness to the plot, it is that the secrets don't seem worth keeping, compared to what they already know about each other, so why risk their relationship to maintain secrecy? It's a small quibble, however, as the two make for an engrossing romance. A recommended read.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Melodramatic and no romantic chemistry November 11, 2012
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Interesting premise that fell flat very quickly. The heroine is deaf but can expertly read lips from across a room, despite shunning society because of her fear of being found out not only to being deaf but to also being a dress designer. She is frequently conveniently in the right place to "hear" things of a salacious or criminal mature. In order to protect herself from her step-brother she marries our hero, who is desperately in need of her inheritance and who is happy to use her to get revenge on her step-brother.

They go from unwilling partners to lovers in a nano-second. Nothing felt genuine about them as a couple. She did all of this inward whining that was more irritating than anything else. Her inner dialog is often overwrought, each one of his touches setting off not just a tingle, but a massive one. Hero had the annoying habit of lifting her chin with his finger so that she was looking at him when he spoke.

A lot to pick apart with this story. I wish it had been better.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars it's ok March 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The book was ok.. nothing to rave about. For some reason, I didn't feel the connection between the hero & heroine. I found it hard to believe that the heroine could hide her disability so successfully - what about speech impediment that's common for people with her condition? I know it's romance and there's always a certain degree of belief suspension, but there are just certain things that I can't quite suspend, and that's one of them.

Plus I can't stand martyrs and the heroine likes her martyrdom a bit too much. She also does something really, really, stupid in the name of love and in her foolish effort to 'save the hero'. The kind of things that can get you in deep trouble. But I guess it's needed to achieve dramatic climax.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Despicable and Insulting Treatment of Deafness March 21, 2013
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I don't particularly enjoy leaving one-star reviews. The creative process is hard and I admire any author that can put out a consistent volume of work. But sometimes, the author, no matter how much effort she's put into her creation, still misses the mark so badly that she has to be called out for it. In this case, called out and taken to the woodshed.

I'm not talking about her one-dimensional characters, her tissue-thin plot, or her unrealistic depiction of a romance. No, my problem is with the disability the author has given to the heroine and how that disability is treated.

Jessica is deaf, and we are told that she was deaf from birth.

This means that it would extremely difficult - if not impossible - for her to learn to speak and learn to read lips. If the author had any exposure to anyone who is deaf, she would know that a deaf person does not speak with the same patterns and intonations as someone who hears. There is volume control, breath control, and especially accent. Even with hearing aids and cochlear implants, there is still a difference, and the heroine in this novel certainly had neither. A moment's conversation with the woman would reveal that she was not "normal". This is probably the only thing that would work in favor of the absurd plot point of her step-brother having her committed to an asylum.

It should also be pointed out that even the most experienced lip readers can under understand about 40% of spoken English - the rest is picked up from non-verbal cues. There is no way that the heroine could possible read - word-for-word what anyone is saying, even if she hadn't been deaf from birth, even if she had been specially trained. And yet, we're treated to extended sections of her doing just that.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book..
Awesome book. First time I've read Laura Landon. I'm glad I did. It was great all the way through. Twists and turns, romance, and vengeance! Loved it!
Published 25 days ago by Jenevieve Beaulieu
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read!
Published 1 month ago by Breezybren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Reading
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting premise
The heroine almost rescues herself (yea!), the author created some interesting situations for the characters, but would occasionally revert to cliche or trite sentences. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Musical Maven
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable romance!
I was in the mood for something light and fun and this fit the bill perfectly! A little romance and a little intrigue.
Published 1 month ago by M. Burtch
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK!
The plot of this book was unusual from the beginning. a deaf heroine was a situation I have never found in any of the many romance books I have read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hilda Principe
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book
Published 1 month ago by me
3.0 out of 5 stars Waa, Waa, Waa......................................
What a whiny baby! The way Simon carried on about how all woman were no good ( for almost the entire book) you would think his mother abandoned him as a baby , his sister tried to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by kate476
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by A Ahmed
5.0 out of 5 stars You really need to read this book
This book has everything you could want in a romance novel. A must read with a dreamy male protagonist and a fresh out take on his female counterpart.
Published 2 months ago by Mig
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More About the Author

Laura Landon enjoyed ten years as a high school teacher and nine years making sundaes and malts in her very own ice cream shop, but once she penned her first novel, she closed up shop to spend every free minute writing. Now she enjoys creating her very own heroes and heroines, and making sure they find their happily ever after.

A vital member of her rural community, Laura directed the town's Quasquicentennial, organized funding for a recycle center and a physical fitness center, and serves on the hospital foundation board.

Laura lives in the Midwest, surrounded by her family and friends. She has written more than a dozen Victorian historicals, five of which are selling worldwide in English, and one which is currently being reprinted in Japanese. She is a Prairie Muse Platinum and Amazon Montlake author.

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