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A Love by Any Measure Paperback – November 8, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Tulipe Noire Press; 1st edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983979707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983979708
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,252,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book could be divided into two parts. The first half of the book involves the time measurement, in which the two lead characters participate in a contract requiring the tenant be at the sexual mercy of the lord for a certain amount of time at each meeting, starting with five seconds and doubling each time they meet again. This is an interesting concept, but I trudged through this part of the book, not finding it as engaging in reality as it looked in the blurb.

The second half of the book begins to get interesting as we get a glimpse of the future and wonder how these characters get to that place and predicament. I do think the author did well in creating suspense. I did not know how everything would be resolved and kept turning pages looking for answers.

The problem with the payoff, as it too often is in this genre, is that *spoiler alert (kinda)* the conflict ends up being one big misunderstanding. Oops, I overheard you incorrectly/misunderstood your motivations, so I acted irrationally, but that's ok, everything is forgiven now. I really hate that plot device. It does a disservice to the reader when you commit time to reading about two people's anguish that could have been avoided has they taken a moment to truly understand their situation.

Lastly, the criticism that drops this book from three stars down to two is that it is completely ludicrous. I'm okay with the suspension of disbelief -- anything from the supernatural to men who are too sensitive and romantic (and rich! and handsome!) to be believed. But I didn't believe for a second that these characters - a poor peasant and a wealthy lord, would make the decisions they do. I found everything implausible in a way that goes far beyond the temporary suspension of disbelief.
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Lord August Grayson is back in his family's Ireland home seeing to business. He hasn't been back since his mother's passing when he was young. And ever since then, he has never forgotten his childhood friend, Maeve, who he hurt when he left. But August is not the same caring boy from years before, yet he still yearns for Maeve.

Maeve and her father are in dire straits with a fear of losing their family's cottage. Maeve goes to talk to the Lord's middleman, to ask for an extension on their rent, only to come face to face with August. August suggests a compromise...Maeve and her father can stay in the cottage as long as she presents herself when beckoned. Each visit the amount of time spent together doubles. Maeve remembers the hurt August caused when he left, but her father's health and their home must come first, so she agrees.

With each visit, emotions and unbridled passion become almost too much for both the hard headed English Lord and the strong Irish beauty. Will different upbringings prove to be a barrier for these lovers or will they find that middle ground to have what they both have longed for?

Once I started reading, I couldn't stop and actually read the majority within several hours. I enjoyed the historical aspect and found it intriguing. I was swept up feeling as if I was walking the dirt path up to Shepherd's Bluff right along with Maeve. I adored the well-developed characters and their history with each other. Even though August could be a major pain at times, he was truly caring deep down, and I just loved him. The whole story was beautifully written and kept my interest throughout the entire book. A Love by Any Measure has a brilliant story with an ending you won't even begin to guess.
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The title pretty much says it all. What a downer. I do not know what about this is romantic or enjoyable. The hero and heroine find weak reasons to justify continuing their meetings and are ashamed of each other and ashamed of what they are doing and on and on in a giant puddle of depressing detail. I definitely missed what the majority of the readers found so compelling about this.
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I kept hearing what a good book A Love by Any Measure was. I took the chance and when I started reading I was hooked. I must admit that as I read through the table of contents I didn't understand why the timeframe jumped around. But I decided to jump into it and was very glad I did.

August appears to be a heartless Englishman who had no use for the Irish except to work his lands or tend to his home, even though he had the Irish of his mother in him. This attitude he had learned from his father who was an Englishman. But then there was Maeve. The Irish lass he was forced to leave behind so long ago and could not forget. The young girl who stole his heart with the kiss he placed on her lips in his time of grief. The young woman who, he discovered quite to his dismay upon his return to Ireland, was engaged to someone else, someone who could provide for her and her father.

This is a beautiful story of discovery, mistakes, sacrifice, and most of all forgiveness. As you read it you wonder if the ending will be a happy one or if you should prepare yourself for the heartbreak that often accompanies stories like these.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is an avid romance reader.
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