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Somebody To Love (Zebra Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2004

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Kate Rothwell is an exceptionally gifted dialogue writer and her talent is brilliantly showcased. . .a fascinating story of forbidden love. -- Donna Zapf, Cataromance

With colorful images, engaging characters and a fine eye for detail, Rothwell recreates the era beautifully. -- Romantic Times Bookclub

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Everything Griffin Calverson ever touched turned to gold, but his worldly success has only isolated him. Despite his millions, he is essentially alone and sworn to remain so -- until he meets Araminta Woodhall, whose sultry beauty sets his heart on fire. Griffin loves her beyond all reason -- though by the rules of his social circle, they cannot marry. But Araminta will not agree to be merely his mistress...


Raised in humble circumstances, Araminta has grown strong in the face of adversity -- her courage and pride have always gotten her through. But Griffin Calverson may be her only weakness -- and her only refuge in an unforgiving world. She can't seem to tell him goodbye...and she will settle for nothing less than all his love...


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Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; First Edition edition (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821777556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821777558
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,524,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on October 31, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Setting - New York 1883 --- Araminta knew adversity and although raised in genteel but humble circumstances it didn't take her long before the child realized that though her mother was white, her darker skin set her aside from the poor yet privileged white children. An exceptional chef, through strength, determination and hard work, Araminta was determined to realize her dream of opening her own restaurant on her own. After a series of jobs, she would only have to endure the employment of this less than reputable employer for just a short time more before it would be accomplished. However, running into the very wealthy and supercilious, Griffin Calverson, once again, was not a welcome sight as he aroused in her feelings she had long ago put away as impossible dreams.

Griffin Calverson, had the Midas touch for making money and accumulating all kinds of physical properties. Yet in spite of his immense wealth, he was alone. Discovering once again Araminta Woodhall, the outspoken sultry beauty that once worked for his sister, he realized that she awoke in him a passion that set his heart on fire and he vowed to make her his. The rules of the society of that day would forbid a marriage and he arrogantly offered her carte blanche never realizing that with Araminta, the cost of passion could only be bought by the gift of his heart.

This is the second novel following the debut, SOMEBODY WONDERFUL, by an amazingly fresh and original new voice in historical romance. In this she has again charmed the reader with her witty intelligent dialogs and two protagonists who are as different as night and day...
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A guest review by Danielle Hill

Heroine: voluptuous

British ex-patriate Araminta Woodhall is working as a chef in the gambling establishment of Linder Kane, a man whose shady business is best overlooked, until she becomes aware of his abuse of her young, vulnerable friend and his mistress, Olivia. Araminta has a soft heart for the less fortunate because of her gentle mother and cannot ignore the plight of a person in need, especially the young woman who so reminds her of her mother. The situation is escalating rapidly, and Araminta fears for her friend's safety. She finds an unlikely ally in Griffin Calverson, the brother of her friend and former employee, Timona (the heroine of Rothwell's previous novel Somebody Wonderful). She is not exactly eager to seek out the help of the cold as ice, but devastatingly attractive businessman with a reputation of being dangerous to those who cross him. But she knows that she needs to fight fire with fire. Although Kane is a long-time enemy of him and his business associates, Griffin is motivated to help the fiery and voluptuous chef for more personal reasons. He figures the closer he gets to her, the easier it will be to seduce her into his bed, where he can exorcise himself of his obsession with her. What starts as a light flirtation as they join forces to help the young woman who is hiding secrets about her past, becomes a struggle not to fall in love. Love between a chef of mixed race and an aristocratic businessman is not a good idea, but it blossoms as they spend more and more time together. But if they want to spend their lives together, they have to conquer their lifelong fears about giving into their love for each other.
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Kate Rothwell's "Somebody to Love" follows the exploits of the Calverson family, this time centering on Timona Calverson's worldly and successful brother, Griffin, and her best friend - Araminta.

Araminta Woodhall, the Calverson's family cook, left to work with Linder Kane, a wealthy, albeit cruel man who keeps his mistress, Olivia, captive in his house, one he repeatedly beats into submission. Araminta realizes Kane's treacherous side all too soon, yet stays for two reasons: one is to save enough money to open her own restaurant; the second is her desire to help Olivia escape Kane. If she can only convince Olivia to leave...

Griffin Calverson has his reasons for being isolated. He has no mother. His father hunts dinosaur bones and has no interest in overseeing the family wealth. It was up to Griffin to keep a watchful eye over his younger sister until she married. A man of many worldly successes, Griffin learns that Linder Kane, a deceitful man, might be trying to steal his company.

Since the two of them have not met, Griffin visits Kane's home, presumably to dine and gamble, but secretly to learn what he can about his ruthless business opponent. The rumor that Araminta had become Griffin's cook becomes truth when Kane insists his cook make an appearance to accept the crowd's compliments.

Griffin, who can't afford to have her reveal his identity, seeks her out. When he confronts her, Araminta recalls the growing attraction she had for the handsome brother of her best friend when she worked for the Calversons. And although Griffin was also attracted to Araminta, he knows society would frown upon his marriage to a woman of color and develops his own agenda - that of wooing the sultry beauty into becoming his mistress.
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