- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Recorded Books Unabridged (2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402522584
- ISBN-13: 978-1402522581
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,513,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ROMANCE. Gabriel Warren and Lilith Mallory must overcome the pain of the past to forge a new future. 10 cassettes, 14.25 hours.
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So after her aunt's death, Lilith decides to defy society's rules and use her inheritance to run a gambling establishment. This is where she is finally confronted with her former lover, Gabriel, now an earl who is attempting to persuade Parliament to outlaw gambling.
As much as they are now on entirely opposite sides, both Gabriel and Lilith discover that the feelings they had for each other are as strong as ever, in spite of the passing of ten years and much bitterness on both sides. But Lilith's reputation--certainly not improved by her position as mistress of a gaming establishment--has gone too far for her ever to be accepted as an earl's wife, and Gabriel will have her no other way.
As with Ms. Smith's other books, I found myself glued to the pages of this one. Nevertheless, I don't give it a five-star rating because I was NOT impressed with Gabriel's "excuses" for allowing Lilith to bear the blame and the scandal for their affair. In a time when young women had little or no control over their lives, he was a young man who could have made it right. The fact that he considered his father's tragedy to be more important than the woman he loved rather diminished his character, in my opinion. How HE could have nursed any bitterness at all toward HER was simply incredible to me. Nor did I care for the casual way it was suggested that Lilith had indulged in affairs with other men in the past, no matter how few.
Overall, however, reading this book was a rare pleasure, and I heartily recommend it.
Ten years prior, they had been madly in love, and had been discovered in a compromising situation. Gabriel had every intention of marrying Lilith, but family circumstances prevented him from going to her immediately and making an offer before her name was bandied about and her reputation ruined. She disappeared and though Gabe made every effort to find her - he couldn't. Through a total lack of communication ten years later both blame each other for their plight of unrequited love and their being on total opposite sides of the gambling issue leads for even more controversy - including the fact that neither will admit to loving each other.
This is turning into such a nice little trilogy - and it certainly does stand alone - but if you had read the first book (A Seductive Offer) you were introduced to our hero. The story is both an amusing Regency romance when the lead couple exchange scathingly double entendres that are quite sharp, as well as bring tears to your eyes at the betrayals and the misguided notion of letting pride stand in the way of undying love. As the author reintroduces friends from her first of this trilogy, she also sets you up for the third book in the series - Into Temptation - that I am quite looking forward too with the hope that it stays as fresh and sensually enticing as this one did.
Gabriel, Lord Anglewood, is the leading crusader in Parliament against gambling. After suspecting that a peer was cheated at Lilith's club, Gabriel sets out to find out if the allegations are true. However, from this point, the story looses the focus of the gambling crusade.
Lilith does not trust Gabriel because of his broken promises in the past. Gabriel does not trust Lilith because of her leaving. This distrust follows the couple throughout the entire book. Even though they have conversations about what happen, and seemed to resolve the issues, one party or the other continues to distrust the other. This issue with the book weighs it down until the fun from the novel is taken away. Added to that a side storyline where Lilith is threatened by a rival club owner, and I had a very difficult time keeping my interest in the book.
It is obvious from Ms. Smith's latest effort, INTO YOUR ARMS, that her skills as a writer have only improved with the novels she has written. This is good. Some of the earlier work can be more trying to get through, but ultimately, the tales are good.