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Initial post: Apr 29, 2012 1:09:52 PM PDT
Arpeggio Fan says:
Hi Everyone,

I was lucky enough to grab Taylor Lee's Grandmaster's Legacy box set for free on Kindle recently and really enjoyed the first two books which were about the couple's journey together.

**SPOILER ALERT**

I absolutely hate cheating in stories but in this I did not mind as the heroine was strong enough to leave him and even when they got back together it took the hero a long time to convince her to marry him (even though they had a son together).

I was hoping to find more stories like this and would love it if it continued onto more than one book. These stories are categorised as erotic historical suspense but I am happy for contemporary recommendations as well.

Many thanks in advance!

Posted on Apr 29, 2012 1:33:49 PM PDT
Tippi says:
Hi. Just about every Cheryl Holt story has a cheating hero. She writes really well, I think you would enjoy her books. My favorite by her is LOVE LESSONS. It is a historical and very sexy.

Posted on Apr 29, 2012 1:50:50 PM PDT
I've only read one romance that I forgave the cheating hero. By the time he win's the h back, I was totally in love with him! Love's Full Circle (Serenade/Serenata) - it's older but I reread it recently and can hold up to recently written contemporaries.

Posted on Apr 29, 2012 2:02:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 29, 2012 2:05:46 PM PDT
readsalot says:
In all the years of reading romance novels, only 3 cheating books had a believable HEA / redeemable H for me.

They are:

Lady Gallant
Counterfeit Betrothal: (Signet Regency Romance)
Tempt Me Tonight

edit: You might want to do a search on a " Don't shoot me..." thread. It's filled with cheating books. :)

Posted on Apr 29, 2012 2:31:08 PM PDT
Arpeggio Fan says:
Thanx Ladies I will look into these. :)

@readsalot: I briefly checked the infamous "don't shoot me..." thread but wanted to find stories where the H had to work hard to get the h back. I can't stand it when the h just takes H back easily. This h was strong, kick a** and stood up to the H and the H was VERY HOT and masterful and they suited each other perfectly.

Posted on Apr 29, 2012 2:44:09 PM PDT
boogenhagen says:
The Way Of The Heart (Zebra Historical Romance) Cheryl Holt

Ultimate Betrayal (Wedlocked!) (Harlequin Presents) Michelle Reid

Perfect Sin Kat Martin

Reason to Believe Kathleen Eagle

Some Enchanted Season Marilyn Pappano

Perfect Marriage (Silhouette Intimate Moments) Laurey Bright

The Coming Home Place (Monogram) Mary Spencer

Through many Waters Netta Muskett

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2012 3:15:05 PM PDT
readsalot says:
I became interested in this book, Love's Full Circle , after your comment but I'm unable to find many spoilers. :)

Does the H have a full blown affair with another woman or was it a one night stand? How long before they reconcile? Thanks in advance! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 7:34:42 AM PDT
boogenhagen says:
Re Loves Full Circle - Spoilers so don't look if you don't want to know-

The h and H are married and in college, he is working on law school when he starts seeing the senior law partner's daughter, the h notices he is spending more and more time with her and knows it is not just work related. She goes out of town on business trip, comes back early and finds the H in bed with the OW. She leaves him, divorces him and then meets up with him a few years later when they both have to run a church youth group. This is a heavily Christian novel so of course the main issue is her forgiveness and taking him back. He does apologize and explains his actions as being "tempted by worldly success" but that changed for him when he became a Christian and now he just wants her forgiveness.

My Take - the story could have been better but the heavy emphasis on the sanctity of marriage via Evangelical teachings really put me off. IMO the adultery and the steps leading up to it were highly divorcable offenses and I don't buy the "I found God" theory of redemption. If you have those beliefs, the story is great - if you don't you may find it hard to swallow.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 8:48:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012 8:48:19 AM PDT
Kate Barley says:
booge -- you posted that you really like Reason to Believe. Any spoilers? Thanks.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 9:50:24 AM PDT
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Posted on Apr 30, 2012 10:14:08 AM PDT
Arpeggio Fan says:
i wonder why amazon deleted my post (it was pretty long as well dammit!) was it because I had a swear word in it? But I asterisked it...

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 10:59:43 AM PDT
Reader says:
I was going to rec the three that readsalot posted and Ultimate Betrayal. Those H definately had to work to get the relationship with the h back. I would also add I Run to You (Bring on the Rain).

Biigenhagen sould you also spoil Some Enchanted Season? I've heard it mentioned a few times but have never gotten around to reading it. Did you buy the HEA?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 11:41:29 AM PDT
book lover says:
Boogenhagen--Could you tell us more about Through Many Waters? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 12:52:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012 12:54:44 PM PDT
boogenhagen says:
Re Reason to Believe by Kathleen Eagle - spoilers for Kate B-

The h is a white woman who goes to the H's reservation to interview the elders about their stories and culture. She meets the H and falls in love, they get married and are together for 12 years. They have a daughter and then the H has a brief affair and they separate. The H also has a drinking problem which the h refuses to recognize. Two years on, the daughter is getting into major trouble and so the h calls the H to come help. He has been practicing sobriety and trying to get himself back into life. He does come and the daughter wants them to go on a memorial ride to Wounded Knee. This a 232 mile trek on horseback in whatever conditions happen. During this trip the H and h and the daughter all have challenges to face about who they are, how they deal with things and the H works incredibly diligently to show the h that he is capable of commitment and fidelity and that he never stopped loving her. This is probably the best cheating romance I have ever read. The characters are real, there aren't any loose ends and I totally believe the HEA.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 12:56:57 PM PDT
Arpeggio Fan says:
Thanx boogenhagen I wasn't too keen when reading the blurb but will try it now after reading your review.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 1:01:50 PM PDT
Arpeggio Fan says:
Reader - can you please tell me bait about I Run to You as reviews aren't great. Thanx

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 1:08:35 PM PDT
Arpeggio Fan says:
boogenhagen (again! sorry :) ) I just read a review saying there was no resolution with Some Enchanted Season and that the h just forgave H who didn't even apologise. Is this true? I would hate that, I want to read a story where the H earns the trust back.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 1:09:44 PM PDT
boogenhagen says:
Reader - re Some Enchanted Season - spoilers so don't read if you don't want to know

The h and H have been married for like 20 years and the last five have been pretty bad. The H is very concerned with his multi million dollar company and the h basically hates his life. She and the H are in the final stages of divorce and she has bought a house and begun planning a new life in a small town. At the beginning we find the h has had a very severe accident and may have brain damage. She can't remember the last 4 or 5 months of her life and she needs help, so the H out of guilt goes to live with her in her new home until she can be on her own. They fall in love all over again against the backdrop of quaint small town life until she remembers the reason she had the accident is her H was having an affair with her best friend and she found out when her, the H and the BF and the BF husband were exchanging gifts a the H bought the BF a pricey sapphire bracelet. She feels devastated all over again, takes off again but this time she comes back and they talk it out for the HEA.

I liked the story, believed the HEA but parts were kinda clunky. Things like the bracelet, there is an angel running around and the fact that she got so upset over an affair that occurs literally at the end of the marriage when they had already filed for divorce. The story is good enough to make up for those plot devices and the H and h spend months reconnecting and relearning each other and I did believe the HEA.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 1:23:04 PM PDT
readsalot says:
Thanks for the spoilers, Boogenhagen. Yea, I wouldnt be able to swallow that angle either. Thanks for saving me a couple of bucks. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 1:28:51 PM PDT
Arpeggio Fan says:
Thank you! Another miss for me...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 1:35:58 PM PDT
boogenhagen says:
He does apologize and he goes over and above IMO to regain her trust. I just did not think the affair was that big of a deal, they were over, she was moving on, he had a fling and I thought that was kinda childish and dog in the manger on her part. But it did provide for a very good story otherwise.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 1:52:46 PM PDT
boogenhagen says:
More spoilers RE Through Many Waters - first off this is an old skool romance and I mean that literally the book was written in the fifties so if you don't like vintage attitudes you won't like this book.

The h is studying to be a doctor in the UK and comes from an upperclass family. There is a lot of social pressure and parental pressure for her not to continue this course of study. Her parents would rather she do the debutante scene and marry some nice rich guy. She meets the H at a party and he is a very dashing, romantic race car driver who falls head over heals for her. She eventually falls too and they marry. She graduates med school, gets preggers and he goes around to various countries racing. The only problem is every time he leaves, he shacks up with a new girl cause he doesn't think marriage vows count when your in a different time zone. The h finds out after the H has an accident, she has a miscarriage too and this is the last straw for her so she divorces him. Of course the divorce is a terrible social stigma for her but she looks around and buys into a villiage practice to start her medical career. She meets another guy and becomes friends but his wife sues for divorce and claims they are having an affair. This pretty much sinks her medical career but the new guy want to marry her and she kinda loves him so she goes off on holiday with her parents while he is waiting for a divorce. While she is gone the ex husband shows up still in love with her. He has stopped racing, gotten a reliable job and remained celibate for close to two years. The guy back home's soon to be ex-wife gets polio and so he decides to stay married thus clearing the way for the h to reunite with the first guy. All in all it is a very high drama story, the HEA is a bit abrupt but I really enjoyed it and it filled my fetish for truly vintage romance.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 2:31:07 PM PDT
Arpeggio Fan says:
boogenhagen - thanx again you are invaluable! Does it take long for the h to take back H when he turns up? Do we get to read about their life together during and after reconciliation?

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 5:41:29 PM PDT
Reader says:
Arpeggio:

I can totally understand why people might not like I Run to You. The betrayal is pretty huge. ***Spoiler*** The H and h are HS Sweethearts. On prom night, the h is planning on loosing her virginity with the H, he is completely aware of this and on board. The H goes off for a bit to the parking lot where he finds the h's BFF and they start going at it on the hood of a car. The h walks out sees him and dumps him. She moves away and comes back 7-ish years later which is where the story starts. The H has never stopped loving the h. The infidelity resulted in a child which the H takes care of now because OW is crazy. Right from the start of the book the H is apologetic. The reason I liked this book was because the h moves on with someone else while the H watches and continues to fight for her. I liked that the H never defends the OW actions and is constantly trying to stick up for the h. I also liked that the h didn't just take the H back after a chapter. I didn't like that there was a kid from the OW that the h now had to take care of, or course the kid was perfect but I am just tired of reading about h being stuck with OW kids. There were some issues of the h feeling for years that maybe if she had looked differently that the infidelity wouldn't have happened but that was never talked about or resolved. I also ended up having to buy the other book in the series because I felt I wasn't getting all the story and I was right. I hate when authors do that.

So there were some things that I didn't like about the story but overall I liked that the H never gave up trying to get the h back.

Boogenhagen:

RE: Some Enchanted Season
Does the BFF get forgiven? Is she still in the couples life? I would still be upset at my husband, soon-to-be-ex-husband or ex-husband haveing an affair with a close friend of mine. IMO, friends are off limits. So, is that how it is resolved that it was ok because they had already filed papers?

Thanks for all the spoilers!

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 7:43:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012 7:44:12 PM PDT
boogenhagen says:
Re Through Many Waters for Arpeggio Fan (great name by the way :P) there isn't a long reconciliation period just a final chapter where she see's he has changed and all Netta Waters books end with big reconciliation scene so we see nothing of their life after they reunite. It is a vintage romance style thing, kind like Barbara Cartland Novels always end with the marriage and big kiss and an avowal of true lurve is ecstasy thing.

Re Some Enchanted Season for Reader - the BFF is never even mentioned or a character in the story except for the flash back scene where the h remembers the bracelet. She is literally a plot device and then disappears into the ether. The big thing about the book is that the infidelity is actually pretty minor, the marriage was trash long before it got to that part because the h and H had lost sight of why they loved each other and had hugely different values. He worked all the time and she was more and more emotionally divorced from the marriage. I think the affair with the BFF was just the last straw in a very broken relationship and a great excuse to have the h get into a major accident and have the H feel guilty enough to move in to care for her.
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