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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804119856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804119856
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

"It would be the work of a moment to kindle your passion, sweet mouse." And that is exactly what infamous rogue Niall McLaren does to spinster Sabrina Duncan. Sabrina proves to be more of a woman than Niall bargains for, and when they are forced to wed--he for a word given and she to save her clan--he begins to fully understand the meaning of love. The lessons don't come easy, but passion does. And though it may rule their marriage, a binding love seals their fate. This book explodes with passion from page one. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"As hot as they come. A fantastic love story, very unique and very special." -- Romance Reviews

"The sizzling sexual tension and repartee make this a pleasure to read." -- Romantic Times

More About the Author

"One of my all time favorite writers, Nicole Jordan delivers romance like no one else. Captivating, enticing, and irresistible, her books are always on my must buy list."--Sherrilyn Kenyon, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Nicole Jordan charms and captivates."--Jillian Hunter, New York Times bestselling author

New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan spins delightful tales that simmer with passion and sensuality. In her former life, Nicole grew up as an Army brat, moving frequently and attending high school in Germany. She later earned a civil engineering degree from Georgia Tech and spent eight years as a manufacturing manager making disposable diapers and toilet tissue! Currently Nicole lives in the Rocky Mountains of Utah with her real-life hero (her husband) and beloved kids (her horses).

With over two-dozen historical romances to her credit and five million books in print, set in numerous eras and locales, Nicole now enjoys chronicling the sparks that fly when Regency lovers play the matrimonial mating game.

One of her novels had the dubious honor of being humorously spotlighted by Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show." On a more serious note, Nicole's romances regularly appear on numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today, and have earned such honors as RITA finalist, RWA's Favorite Book of the Year, theRomantic Times Career Achievement Award for Historical Romance, and the Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence, presented by a group of over one hundred romance reviewers.

Contact Nicole via her website www.NicoleJordanauthor.com.

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Overall, I felt it was a good read.
Jen Folli
Oh, he really deserves this treatment but it did not ring true to Sabrina's personality.
V
This book is one of my favorites, and one I can enjoy reading over and over.
Jules

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By V on June 5, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Lover is a Scottish Highland historical romance novel that centers on two allied clans. Niall McLaren, the hero, is the laird of a very strong and powerful clan. Niall has a prominent image of a fair laird who carries a lot of influence and commands respect. While Niall is well known as this authoritative laird, he also carries a second reputation as a notorious rogue. Niall had not expected to be laird of his clan. He had spent most of his years in pursuit of other financial endeavors and more infamously as a lover to many women. Six months ago his older brother, laird of the McLaren clan, died tragically and Niall had come home to take the leadership of his family's clan.
Sabrina Duncan is very satisfied with her life as a lowlander living in the city of Edinburgh. She resides with her stepfather who is a very wealthy merchant. Sabrina spends her time assisting her stepfather in business matters and tolerates a rather boring but necessary social life. Sabrina had lived in the Highlands until her father's death at the age of four. Shortly after his death, Sabrina's mother remarries and they both move to Edinburgh with her new stepfather. She has not returned to the Highlands in all of the years since although she realizes she is the only descendent of her grandfather who is laird of the Duncan clan.
Sabrina is summoned to come immediately to the Highlands to see her grandfather. He is on his deathbed and insists on seeing his granddaughter and only heir. When Sabrina arrives at her grandfather's home, she soon discovers that he has arranged a marriage for her with the laird of the McLaren clan. She has absolutely no desire for this marriage.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2002
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This book has a theme that in my opinion does not belong anywhere in a "romance" novel. The keyword is romance and there is nothing romantic about a cheating hero. Niall strays from Sabrina in a bid to deny his feelings for her and to prove she has no hold on him. What made this more disturbing was that Sabrina caught him having sex with his former mistress and stood watching, then ran away crying. You feel terrible for her. Niall, after having sex with his mistress, feels a "faint twinge of guilt" and realizes his feelings for his wife weren't lessened by what he did so he tells his mistress he won't be visiting her again. Then the two of them go on for a final farewell bout of sex. I gather his twinge of guilt was so very faint that it was easy to overlook. So here we are reading the details of Niall's adultery and reading how hurt Sabrina is, but then she goes on to sleep with him later that night and makes no mention to him that she saw him with another woman. Personally, I like strong heroines and Sabrina became an annoying twit whenever in the vicinity of the philandering hero. All he had to do was lay a hand on her and she became a mindless fool. While its all well and good to read of strong desires between protagonists, its irritating when it makes the characters weak and foolish. Even though Sabrina got a bit stronger towards the end and Niall redeems himself somewhat, I was still left with a bad taste in my mouth.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By antithesis90 on May 3, 2004
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I am a big fan of Nicole Jordan and this is my least favorite of her novels. I found the passion to be somewhat subdued and she works very hard to craft the relationship between Niall and Sabrina, I feel they never really "clicked". Niall's continuing relationship with his mistress is also a break from Jordan's traditional standards and I found it rather unappealing. I would recommend this for die-hard Jordan fans, but not for someone just being introduced to the author.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2004
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Just to clarify a few things. In the original version, Niall did commit adultery and was even more arrogant! In the re-write, the "adultery" scene was re-written. If you go to Nicole's website to can read what she has to say about this.
In this version, Niall is a bit gentler and more caring of a person than he was before -- this makes him more likeable.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By SusieQ on April 20, 2004
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I have read & enjoyed Ms. Jordan's "The Seduction" but have generally found her other books lacking something or other. When I bought this, I was not aware it was a rewrite, so I could approach it with a fresh view.
The love scenes are ample & steamy, and the plot is a good one. But frankly, I was getting annoyed at what I felt was way too much emphasis on the hero's good looks, and heroine's supposed lack thereof (though this was really in her own mind).
The hero is also somewhat annoyingly full of himself (with his extraordinary good looks, romantic prowess & all)...it's a drawback to be annoyed with a supposedly irresistible hero. It was also irritating to continuously hear (through supporting characters) what a GREAT lover the hero is, known through the length & breadth of Europe. Again, it was overload. I wanted to yell, I know he's attractive & sexy, OK? Leave it alone!

I was also irritated near the end of the book, when Sabrina tells Niall, "I'm not your mouse, your tiger, your..." (whatever other nickname he had for her), but then on the next page, Niall calls her mouse, again! At least four more times! OK, he was just being affectionate, but didn't she just say she wasn't his mouse??

Just harking back to "The Seduction", I thought this book read sort of a like a rough,rough draft of that plot, set in a different era. Did anyone else feel that way?
Did I believe that Niall fell in love with Sabrina? Well...sort of. But not like I believed Damian fell for Vanessa in "The Seduction". So, only 3 stars for "The Lover".
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