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- Print Length: 270 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 31, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004A8ZT9A
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,156 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Cynthia Wicklund brought the heart out in this tale. She made me understand that sometimes situations were not a simple good or bad thing.
The secondary characters were just as vivid as the main and they brought so much life to the book. It really was a pleasure to read this book.
To this effect Baron Bourgeault has succeeded in luring the Earl of Ashworth, Adam Stanford to his home and encourages Catherine to entertain him. Adam falls in love with Catherine who feels the same way about him and they decide to enjoy their feelings........ Both know that this is an encounter without future, however they give in to their passion, both being heartbroken when Adam leaves to go home.
And then Baron Bourgeault decides to go with his beautiful wife to London, basically facilitating their relationship. What will the lover do and why is the Baron so "open-minded" about his wife's escapades?
The main characters were developed richly and realistically. I didn't like Baron Bourgeault and his manipulative, abusive and sinister ways, however, towards the end I felt some (but really only some) compassion for his disorder and what that actually meant for him in daily life.
Catherine was adorable. Maybe a bit shortsighted. I mean that a short discussion at the proper moment could've saved her and Adam a lot of pain. But had she done this, there wouldn't have been this book. No matter how unfortunate her handling in said moment, she proved that she was deeply in love with Adam and ready to sacrifice her feelings for the only purpose to give him the chance to live up to his mother's expectations.
Adam could've been a rogue and a lady-killer. He's a rich bachelor from old money who could do whatever he wanted in his life. However, he's an honorable man who chose to live as much as possible with the woman he fell in love with, trying to protect her as good as he could. I was a bit disappointed when he accepted so quickly all the "facts" when Catherine broke up with him, without even trying to get to the bottom of her reasoning.
A well-written historical romance that started off slowly but succeeded in generating interest and suspense. Just one (serious) point of criticism: The end was faaaaar to abrupt. It ended so sudden that I even checked the other books of the series to find out if there is a sequel to this one!
In any case, a very nice read.
Maybe if Adam had a dark side and became obsessive with Catherine and started stalking her and planned some "Othello - like" scene, and killed Catherine and himself because he just couldn't bear the thought of her being with Edgar....or maybe if he killed Edgar and went on the run with Catherine - who suddenly realizes that she doesn't love him and tries to get away - but Adam is obsessive and decides he's going to kill her too --- well then that is not "romantic" so I guess I better stick with Mysteries and Thrillers lol.
A good read to just pass the time, but it could have been better.
The book is very well written and something out of the ordinary. The likable H & H, and strong secondary characters are brought to life through Ms Wicklund's pen. Her description of the scenery, buildings and people can be clearly seen through the mind's eye.
A highly recommended read.