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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Regular Print/Single Titl edition (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380790904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380790906
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Powerful Ian Fairchild is a man with magical powers and dark secrets--and he covets Fionnaway Manor. But the Scottish estate is owned by beautiful Lady Alanna, and Ian must marry her to gain the right to claim Fionnaway as his own. Alanna doesn't trust the handsome Ian but all too soon she finds herself falling in love with him. The secrets Ian holds may make it impossible for him to love her in return and despite Alanna's faith, his past and dark heritage threaten a happy ending for the two lovers. Complex characters and a touch of Selkie myth and magic make this an intriguing novel not to be missed. --Lois Faye Dyer

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Continuing the saga of the decadent Fairchilds begun in A Well Pleasured Lady (LJ 8/97), this intricately plotted story set along the windswept Scottish coast pits enigmatic Ian Fairchild against Alanna MacLeod, the beautiful, determined Lady of Fionnaway, in a struggle for love and property that threatens a legendary agreement, answers an old question, and almost ends in disaster. Yet, for all its underpinnings of greed and broken promises, this is a gentler, more magical book than its predecessor. Well-matched protagonists, several memorable secondary characters, and a full measure of selkie lore and mysticism combine to recommend this sensual romance.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Both the hero & heroine are just wonderful.
The cast of secondary characters is strong as well, and adds a great deal to the story.
I enjoy reading and I read fiction because that is in fact what it is.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on July 30, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For those of you who like a little fantasy and magic thrown in with some VERY hot and sensually stimulating love scenes - then look no further - this has to be the one.
He is Ian Fairchild, darkly handsome and tortured with secrets he does not want revealed. Ian is summoned home to Fionnaway by his dying father that despises him. He is led to believe that once his father dies Fionnaway would be his - just one of the many lies his father Leslie Fairchild (truly a despicable waste of human flesh)tells him.
She is Lady Alanna - the beautiful and mysterious mistriss of Fionnaway who disappeared 4 years prior and waits to come back to reclaim her heritage. Ian desperately wants Fionnaway as well and will use whatever tricks he has to to gain the home that he has never had his entire life.
There is a lot of intrigue, magic, and legends that the story evolves around - it is simply wonderful and you will no doubt not be able put it down once you have started it. I absolutely sobbed BIG tears at the end... Loved it and will definitely read it over again. This had some of the most exquisitely beautiful love scenes - with WORDS - that I have not seen in some time. A rare treat for the hopeless romantic - I was well and truly touched!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 1998
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This book gives me the chills, I love it! Ian Fairchild, lost and lonely, has magical abilities to look into a person's true emotions and personality. His mother is a selkie. Alanna is the long-lost heir to Fionnaway, back to regain her inheritance. Thus began a cat-and-mouse game to gain control of the land. The sexual tension between these two is absolutely scorching, and believe me, the pages burn. Ian is lovingly detailed by Ms Dodd - he is a lonely man finally finding a place where he belongs, if only he can get Alanna to be his. Alanna is less vividly-drawn, but she is a woman of strong will, if afraid of Ian's searing passion.
Add to this mix a lovely young woman who is Ian's half-sister Wilda and her touching quest for "goodness", a truly evil man, and the magic of the selkies, you get a truly special book.
And the climax is truly breathtaking when Ian finally proves his love for Alanna... I shed a few tears and hugged everyone in my house, even the dog, after reading it.
Closing the book, I shut my eyes and could almost hear the crash of waves...
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Romantic at heart on June 28, 2006
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Before I read this novel, I had read a few of Dodd's other work and had absolutely loved her writing. Her unique style, the captivating characters and interesting plot were always distinguishable with a Dodd novel.

However, after reading "A Well Favored Gentleman," I must say that I was thoroughly disappointed. Even though the storyline was original with fantasy included, I found the characters to be aggravating and predictable. Ian Fairchild proved to be the typical tormented male who, in this case, hides behind misconceptions he makes of his mother's abandonment, which in turn, forces him to be skeptical and coldhearted towards women, specifically Alanna. Also, his initial interest in only Alanna's property kind of turned me off as a romance reader.

As for Alanna, well, I personally did not like her character. She didn't mind the fact that she was raped (at least, to the extent that someone who was raped, should). Even though in some instances it's barely tolerant (and I stress the word 'barely') for the hero to rape the heroine (because it's a fiction novel and they end up together anyways), only if the situation is handled correctly--like Clayton and Whitney in McNaught's "Whitney, My Love"--should there ever be a scene such as that. I don't even support rape scenes because it's so wrong (and, um, what's the word...illegal?), but there are very limited exceptions. The way that Alanna handled it seemed unreal right to the core; someone who, at first, tries to fend off Ian's seductive advances, should have been appalled and downright revolted that Ian would do something as low as raping her. She was in a drugged stupor and he took advantage of her; the only reason she allowed it was because she thought she was having a vivid dream.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 1999
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This book by Christina Dodd was the first I've read of her, and I have to say I totally loved it. It blends magic, love, delicious sex, and deceit into one. Ian, in this book, had to try to convince Alanna to marry him in order to inherit Fionnaway. He was one character I truly and deeply admired. He was completely honest with Alanna about everything -his motives and feelings. He didn't lie to her in the middle when she was talking about the matter of love. Most of all I admire for surviving the miserable years living with the abuse from his father. Usually I never cry when reading a book, but during some emotional parts of this, tears were just gushing out of my eyes. I'm impressed with the author for moving me that deeply! I felt like I was part of the book and felt the pain they felt. In addition I was captivated by the idea of selkies and their magical soothing powers. After finishing it, I immediately put it in my drawer of books not to trade. That was several months ago and since then I have read it over a couple of time. Especially when I feel like reading something meaningful. I recommend this book for anyone who like fantasy romance books. This book made me go out and comb bookstores for all the Christina Dodd books I could find.
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