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The Lady Is Mine (The Unsuitable Bride Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 9, 2014
About the Author
I live on a mini-farm near Seattle with my husband, daughter, some horses, two cats, and a number of Collies -- we're a dog show family. Our vintage farmhouse needs constant upkeep, which we can barely keep up with, since it always needs new paint or new fences or...Luckily the most recent thing we repaired is the plumbing, so that’s working pretty well these days. With us living out in the country, we experience frequent power outages. There’s nothing more romantic than huddling under blankets in front of a cozy fire in the fireplace, with more blankets blocking the drafts from the other rooms in the house. The downside is that without power the well doesn’t work, either. My husband and I like to get away as often as we can, taking off for a few days at the ocean or the lake. I usually bring my laptop with me on these excursions, working on whatever my current writing project is. I love to travel to more faraway places also. Our most recent adventure took us to the Amazon. The river, not the online book-and-everything seller, though I do confess I spend a lot of time there also, and anyplace else that has books. You can tell that by the stacks and boxes of books all around the house. My favorite destination, though, is England. My most recent trips there, in 2003 and 2005, were with groups equally fascinated with the Regency period and we visited many sites with associations to that time. Heaven! There’s nothing like actually seeing the locations where my stories took place, even if altered to varying degrees by the 200-some years since those events happened. As a bonus, the gift shops at many of the museums and historic sites have more lovely books that I would never have come across at home! Visit me at judithlaik.com, Facebook, or Twitter.
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Ok so once they have the first steamy kissing "undo the dress" scene pretty much he is in lust with her continually altho she is not the "right" person to be his wife. Pretty much at the 2nd steamy scene (no sex, but plenty explicit). I'm done. All I am reading about is he can't see the heroine without being lustful.
Sorry I want a little more substance in my hero and heroine.
So my rating is based on the 1st half only. If you want a true to the period historical romance, this isn't it. If you are looking for a sensual erotic book this may be for you.
I can't say if it became in my opinion "X" rated as I stopped at about half way. But it was definitely a strong "R" in my rating system. The story was no longer appealing when it becames all about lust.
I don't mind slight sensual if the story can go beyond the lust. However this felt like it was only going to get worse and was so focussed on constant lust that the story becomes 2nd to the focus on sexual desire.
I prefer a book focussed more on the plot than sensual desires. There is plenty of that in movies and other romance. It doesn't need to be in the historical romances. I lost the plot in this book.
So read if you want sensuality.
Harriet Vernon was one of several daughters in the Vernon family. Most of the girls were noted for their exceptional beauty, only Harriet was did not follow that particular mold. Harriet's gamine pixyish beauty better complimented her free-spirited nature that sought to travel the world with her namesake rather than marry. Her family had other ideas and were narrowing the field down their picks for this seasons two husband candidates; two contenders that were far from the ideal, like Lord Belden, she'd secretly thought would make a fine husband - IF she were in the market for one.
As fate would have it, several chance meetings put Harriet directly in the path of Lord Beldon. He was certainly in no hurry to marry but Beldon did notice Harriet and contrary to what he wanted he felt a powerful physical attraction even though she looked and acted nothing like the `ideal' wife he'd pictured for himself. After a very passionate kiss that managed to get out of hand, Beldon impulsively asked Harriet to marry him and Harriet still befuddled by the passion he incited said yes!
*** This was an absolutely enchanting love story that felt like a breath of fresh air sparkling with a brace of raciness that most traditional regencies lack. Well researched and written in perfect regency cant the reader will be transported back to the drawing rooms and ballrooms of that long ago glittering period with vivid descriptions that accurately portray this era.
I loved the character of Harriet who will totally delight the reader with her wholesomeness and lack of artifice who was so much in love with Beldon she wanted only the best for him. She would willingly, though it would break her heart, give him up so that he could have the wife he deserved, even if that meant her own younger `diamond of the first water' sister. Beldon was really a love, just totally unaware of what he was really feeling for Harriet. At first lust, but when she gave him the freedom she thought he wanted he finally realized that she was the perfect wife for him. For a debut novel, this is a true jewel to treasure and I highly recommend this book.
Marilyn Rondeau, RIO - Reviewers International Organization