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Caroline (Rakes & Rebels) (Volume 2) Paperback – November 18, 2013
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He basically gets her drunk & effectively rapes her. (Some might argue this, but honestly, that's what I read.) Then to heap insult on injury, after taking her virginity & after she's somehow not threatened to murder him in his sleep & in fact seems ok with him (granted, he's the only person on earth whom she knows), he happily informs her that he will retain guardianship of her & find some young guy to marry her & they won't tell anyone what happened. He doesn't know how old she is, what her real name is, or literally anything about her. But no worries!
I stopped reading. I won't finish it. And while I rarely rate books that I quit reading, I thought I should post the warning. This is a total trigger for many women, & people need to know before they download a book where the "hero" rapes someone.
I was caught totally unaware by these turn of events. If it doesn't bother you, then read the book. If it's a trigger, tho, be forewarned.
Then he finds Caroline - literally. Riding through the woods he sees a scrap of color on the ground below the trees. As he approaches, he thinks it's a young boy but quickly sees it is a beautiful woman in disguise. Thrown from her horse she had hit her head and was suffering from amnesia. Unsure of what else to do, he takes her back with him to Philadelphia. Along the way the two grow closer, yet farther apart.
As with all of her novels, this one features a page-turning story, adventure, intrigue, fully developed characters, a likeable and believable heroine, a swoon-worthy hero, historical accuracy, and appearances by "real" people that lived during the period. This particular story works in a connection with General George Washington, a friendship with Benjamin Franklin, and references to other historical figures that are really believable and fun to read. For instance, Caroline admires a lovely silver platter crafted by Paul Revere. Touches like that help bring the setting to life.
The author has done quite a bit of research on both the era and the places mentioned in the book, which adds a depth to the story that you won't often find in this genre. The accuracy makes the story seem even more real, if that's possible.
As with all of Cynthia Wright's novels, there are twists and turns, the magic of first love, tragic heartbreak, and love scenes that are absolutely unforgettable--beautiful, never raunchy, but immensely satisfying and glorious to read. Once you start this story, you'll not want to put it down until you've finished!
The only thing wrong with this book is that it ended. I loved is so much I wanted it to go on forever!
Luckily--it does, sort of! There are 3 more novels in The Beauvisage line that continue to build the relationships. Although each can be read as a stand-alone story, Cynthia Wright's novels are best read in succession. If you haven't read any of this author's other novels you should click right over to Amazon's author page and download Silver Storm (The Raveneau Novels, Book 1) and then make your way through the rest. Each and every one is one to remember and to revist over and over again! I have read hundreds of historical romances and can truthfully say that I enjoy hers above all others. You won't find a better way to spend a rainy afternoon than curled up with a book by Cynthia Wright!