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Lords of Danger: Bewitched Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Series: Lords of Danger
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; First Edition edition (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451202295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451202291
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,607,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Penn on May 7, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Heather Cullman creates an imaginative, romantic tale that breaks the most common plot lines in BETWITCHED. Rather than relying on an action driven plot, a miscommunication, or lust, Cullman presents a heart touching tale of friendship that evolves into love, thereby deeply touching the reader's emotions.
Michael Dane, Duke of Sherrington and once a favorite member of the ton, now lives sequestered in a gloomy and dismal former abbey surrounded by fierce gargoyles and ominous noises. Members of society believe he is mad because he suffered humiliating seizures in their highbrow presence. After several years of isolation, Michael's grandmother and her best friend determine to bring happiness into his life again. They threaten the loss of his dukedom and banishment to an institution if he refuses a marriage of convenience.
Freshly arrived from Boston, Emily Merriman's father's dying wish was to see her married. A terrible curse has already resulted in the breaking of three engagements, leaving Emily determined to remain forever single. Despite Emily's vow to remain single, however, her grandmother complies with her deceased son's wish, and arranges the marriage to Michael. After meeting Michael and assuming that he's only marrying her for an heir, Emily reluctantly agrees because she wants children. Emily fears falling in love with her husband, however, for the curse promises to make her "a plague to any man she loves." She only believes Michael will be safe from the curse because their marriage is not meant to be a love match.
Michael differs from any many Emily has ever known because he listens, really listens, to her. His refreshing, careful attention values her intellect rather than pretending to hang onto her worlds with banal pleasantries.
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When I read the back of this novel, it sounded like a very interesting story: a man who's stricken down with seizures has to fight through the humiliation and self-hatred to find love. While that's in there, it is obscured by the book's problems.
First, the book takes much too long to get things going. They don't even come face to face until page 61, and they spend the first MONTH of their marriage without speaking to each other. On page 116, he finally decides to go get acquainted with his wife. Well, it's about time!!!
Its biggest problem, however, is that the plot does not mix fantasy in very well. The plot is very serious and realistic, then all of the sudden elves and fairies are dancing around as the heroine takes a trip to get some herbs. It's jarring and I found myself annoyed and speed-reading over the parts where the heroine visits the local "go-between" and meets her friend the magical goat. (This goat, by the way, is apparently a cursed ladies' man. Despite this explanation, it still made me uncomfortable when the heroine told her husband that the goat looks at her like he's imagining having ...with her!)
This not-so-well-done fantasy element reaches its ultimate ridiculousness when they go to break the curse by summoning a spirit, who zaps them with lightning bolts to test their love.
Frankly, if this whole bizarre "curse" aspect had been lifted from the book, it would've been much better. The author seems to have two tales in mind: one an complex, emotional story of a woman bring a man out of the hell he suffers as a result of his brain fevers, both physically and mentally. The other is a fanciful fairy story about conjuring up spells and wearing protective amulets etc. The two simply don't work together here, and it brings down the whole book.
One thing I did like was the "cure" for Michael's seizures. Too bad that doesn't happen until practically the last page. Still, I will give the author her due, that was well-done.
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**Possible Minor Spoilers**

I guess reading the reviews before the book prepared me for the supernatural, fairy aspect so I wasn't bothered at all by any of it. It was so minor and towards the end that I didn't feel as if it affected the overall story. I really enjoyed Bewitched and would recommend it to others.

Michael, a Duke and once society's favorite bachelor, suffers seizures after a bout with the Measles affected his brain and has hidden away for fear of having one in front of others, which already happened once before and caused him to be shunned by others. He is left weak due to the treatments he has to undergo to prevent any more seizures and has slipped into a bit of depression at his lot in life.

Emily, an American, is sent to her grandmother, who along with Michael's grandmother, devise a plot to marry the two. The hope is that the courts will see Michael as sane and hand over his ducal rights, and that Emily is the only female left to marry him since she's oblivious to his condition. After threats on both sides, Michael and Emily agree. The two are really weary of each other at first and Michael first tries to push her away. He soon apologizes and the two become good friends. Emily isn't bothered at all by Michael's condition and is more bothered by the treatments he is forced to endure. She uses her knowledge of nursing her father to alter Michael's treatments to rebuild his strength and boosts his spirits. That friendship soon turns into love.

Now for the supernatural. Emily believes herself cursed by a witch and any man she loves will suffer. Three other fiances left her over it and she doesn't want to see anything happen to Michael. Michael won't let her leave, though, so they're forced to find a counter-spell.
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