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Trial by Desire (Entangled Edge) (Carhart series) Kindle Edition with Audio/Video

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*Starred Review* Readers will be blown away by Milan’s second historical romance, following her excellent debut, Proof by Seduction (2010). At the outset, Lady Kate Carhart’s marriage is perfect in every way except one: her husband, Ned, doesn’t love her. Ned is always the perfect gentleman, but Kate wants a bit more passion and a lot less politeness from her new spouse. Just as Kate is about to set her plan to seduce Ned into motion, however, he announces that he is leaving the country on business. Now, after three years apart, Kate is certain that she has successfully gotten Ned out of her system; but when he unexpectedly returns home, Kate discovers she isn’t quite as over him as she believes. Milan deftly incorporates realistic historical grit in her coverage of the Opium Wars, social candor in her treatment of domestic violence, and stunning emotional depth in the mesmerizing plot, and the result is an exquisitely sensual and unforgettable romance by one of the genre’s incandescent new stars. --John Charles


"Romantic yet brimming over with sexual tension and marvelous characters...filled with enough wit and wisdom to make it a 'keeper.'"
--4 ½ star review, TOP Pick!, from RT Book Reviews

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  • File Size: 1955 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 026389715X
  • Publisher: Entangled: Edge (July 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Courtney Milan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical romance. Her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, a medium-sized dog, and an attack cat. Before she started writing historical romance, she experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training, scientificating.... But her favorite job is the one she's now doing full time--writing romance.

If you want to know when Courtney's next book will come out, please visit her website at, where you can sign up to receive an email when she has her next release.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 23, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I absolutely loved Courtney Milan's debut novel Proof by Seduction (Hqn) so was really looking forward to the follow-up which is the story of Ned. In 'Proof by seduction'. Ned is a shallow, weak and unstable young man, so I really looked forward to see how Milan made him into a leading man that the readers could believe in.

Ned spends three years in China fighting his demons, trying to find a way of managing his bouts of depression. When he comes home he has to make his peace with his wife, Kate, proving to her that he can be a worthy husband that she can rely on. And boy, she needs all the help she can get. Kate has been harbouring the wife of a nobleman who is the victim of domestic violence. Kate has been dreadfully hurt by her husband's absence. Yet at the same time, she loves him as much as she did when he left her. What she does not understand is why he keeps his distance from her...why he always needs to keep himself fully in control...not even to make love to her. And so the story unfolds with the development of the relationship between Kate and Ned, as well as the plot involving the battered wife.

I really struggled with this book for the first half. I love lots of emotion and angst from a hero, but I just could not make sense of what was going on. I struggled to understand how Ned was feeling or why he was acting the way he was acting. It wasn't until the end of the book that I really understood the motivation for his behaviour. I felt there were lots of words saying nothing about nothing. Never the less, I am glad I kept going because in the second half of the book everything fell into place. Ned was a gorgeous main man...a real hero...and I adored him. Kate was also an engaging and strong heroine. With some good editing this book could have been another 5 star effort from Milan, but as it stand, I think it comes in at 3 stars.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 1, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
(Maybe 3.75 stars) I was late to read Courtney Milan's debut novel PROOF BY SEDUCTION because the love story of a peer and a commoner (and not only a commoner but one working as a fortune teller) is never one of my favorites. But after seeing all the favorable reviews, I picked it up at the library and loved it.

This new book, about the nephew of the hero of book one, is not quite as good as the first, but it's close. Hero Ned Carhart had emotional problems in PROOF BY SEDUCTION and they carry over into this one. At the end of PBS he is found in a compromising situation with Lady Kate, the daughter of a duke, and they must marry. But 3 months into the marriage he leaves for China on a mission for his uncle (but actually on a soul-searching mission for himself). At the beginning of this book he returns after 3 years away. He and heroine Kate are almost strangers to each other (although the physical attraction has always been there) and this is a story about their learning to really know and understand each other and, of course, develop a deep, mutual love.

Kate is considered a vapid, superficial female shopaholic by members of the ton, but she is hiding her true depth. She has a secret mission to help women abused by their husbands. So the plot of this story, beyond the romantic aspects, involves Kate's help in hiding the wife and baby son of one of Ned's friends. (Ned and other members of the ton are not aware that this friend is an abuser, BTW.)

Kate does not confide in Ned about what she is doing and Ned does not discuss with Kate his emotional and mental problems. My take on his problem, BTW, is that he suffers from clinical depression with dangerous periodic episodes where he feels almost suicidal, although we only have allusions to this.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. Wheaton VINE VOICE on June 13, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ned Carhart left his wife Kate a mere three months after their marriage to go to China at the behest of his cousin to check out what was going on with the British and the Opium situation and to find himself. At the point of their marriage Ned considers himself something of a useless fribble with no responsibilities.

Kate is stunned and bereft.

Fast forward three years later and a lot has changed. Kate rescues women who are victims of domestic abuse and helps to to leave their husbands and relocate. Ned is back, strong in both mind and body and ready to take on the responsibilities of both a husband and as the heir presumptive of a Marquisate.

The two find their way back to each other. Ned still dealing with his demons while Kate is helping her riskiest 'rescue' yet, a wealthy lady of the ton whose powerful husband is relentless about getting her back.

This is only my second Courtney Milan book after the novella Unlocked and I must say I did not enjoy this one as much as I did that one.

There are three main things happening here: First, is the plot with Kate hiding her friend Louisa from her blatantly misogynistic husband the Earl of Harcroft; Second is the repairing of the sundered marriage of Kate and Ned; And third is the personal demons that Ned fights each day, which is clearly his Bipolarism. This being the 19th century, of course, there is no diagnosis nor drugs for it, so Ned has to deal the best he can.

My problem is that of the three elements of the book, I only truly enjoyed the first. The plot to save Louisa from her husband was really exciting to read. But unfortunately that is not enough to carry the entire book that is supposed to be a romance novel.
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