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A Perfect Secret (Rogue Hearts) (Volume 3) Paperback – December 14, 2013
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Immerse yourself in the Regency Romance era of Jane Austen and Lord Byron. Donna Hatch's historical romance romance novels will sweep you away into a magical new world.These meticulously researched and beautifully written Regency romance novels will transport you into the glittering world of Regency England, a unique era of British history.
Every "sweet" or PG-rated historical romance penned by Donna Hatch brings feisty heroines and tortured heroes together into a glorious happily ever after.
Dance with a duke, battle pirates, save a kingdom, and fall in love.
Believe in happily ever after.
About the Author
Author of Historical Romance and Fantasy, award-winning author Donna Hatch is a sought-after speaker and workshop presenter. Her writing awards include the Golden Rose and the prestigious Golden Quill. Her passion for writing began at age 8 she wrote her first short story, and she wrote her first full-length novel during her sophomore year in high school, a fantasy which was later published. In between caring for six children, (7 counting her husband), her day job, her work as a freelance editor and copywriter, and her many volunteer positions, she still makes time to write. After all, writing IS an obsession. All of her heroes are patterned after her husband of over 20 years, who continues to prove that there really is a happily ever after.
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In Georgian England, mutiny is a hanging offense. Officers on a ship engaged in mutiny are often hanged for their part, however large or small. Genevieve's father hides the fact that at 17 he allows a mutiny to happen under his charge. The horribly slithery Lord Wickburgh has discovered the fact and uses it to force Genevieve to marry him, both to torment her in the safety of his home, and to deny Christian his one true love.
What's a girl to do? Either she marries sadistic Wickburgh and denies herself any hope of happiness and saves her father from the noose, or she follows her heart and her father and thus the family go down in ignominy. She chooses to cut Christian off and sacrifice herself in aid of her father.
But she never thought how horrible Wickburgh could be, not in her wildest dreams did she imagine she would be tortured, beaten, imprisoned, and forced to watch those she loved die under the fist of her despotic husband. She finally cannot stand another day and takes matters into her own hands.
Christian rides to her rescue only to find that it's his faithless sweetheart, the one he'd given up as a jilt.
I enjoyed the pace of this book, the twists, the love Christian shows the girl he never really stopped loving, and his loyalty to her. I liked that Donna allowed Wickburgh one saving grace--that he was a man of his word. It rounded the monster out a bit. I would have liked to know Wickburgh's motive, however. I get that we don't always know what lies behind evil like a giant abscess, but in this case it would have helped make him a tiny bit more rounded and explained his drive to own, torture, and then kill Genevieve.
I like that Christian isn't just a one-dimensional pretty boy as well. He has his own demons to banish.
I also enjoyed that despite being so victimized, Genevieve could pick herself up, brush herself off, and shoot the man beating up on her. I want to think that I might do that, in spite of all my battered body parts and the power he has previously wielded over me.
I had a difficult time trying to put this one down and I can't wait to read other offerings by Donna Hatch. Thank you!
Meanwhile, Christian who is the youngest son and having always felt left out and unloved had finally found the love of his life when she abruptly ends their engagement and marries another man. Christian is heartbroken and closes himself off more than ever. Their paths cross and he finds himself in the role of her protector, a place he does not want to be.
I liked both Christian and Genevieve. When I read the book previously, I was a little turned off that she was still married when she started falling for Christian again. This time around it didn’t really bother me. They were in love before (and probably during their separation) and I didn’t really view her marriage as a real marriage anyway. They have both changed a lot in the year they’ve been apart and have to learn to trust one another again. I actually enjoyed their relationship and was rooting for them to find a way to be together.
I think going in knowing what to expect I was able to enjoy it more. While Genevieve did suffer abuse, it is never detailed and pretty vague. I appreciated that we weren’t given too many details and that the main focus was her time with Christian and escaping her captor.
Overall, I thought this was a fun read. We get to see past characters that I love and meet a few new ones. Made me anxious to continue the series.
Romance: Clean, just kissing
Violence: Mild, brief mentions of abuse Genevieve suffered while married, no details. Mild fighting and attempted murder.
Series: Book three, but can stand on it's own
“A Perfect Secret” begins with a heartbreaking incident from Christian’s childhood, achingly told by the author. The introduction of the heroine, Genevieve Marshall, is equally beautifully told. The love between Christian and Genevieve which exists at the beginning of the book is so beautifully portrayed that it is utterly heartbreaking when Genevieve discovers a secret from her father’s past that destroys the future with Christian she is dreaming of. To give away the trials and challenges that Genevieve and Christian must go through to finally reunite and receive their happy ending would spoil the book for the reader, so like Genevieve with her father’s secret, I will remain mute on the details. Each reader will have to enjoy sharing that journey on her own.
I loved reuniting with Christian’s brothers in the course of the story, and look forward with the same anticipation I had for “A Perfect Secret” to discovering what Donna has up her sleeve in the way of romance for the fourth Amesbury brother, Grant.
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This is the third book in the Rogues Heart Series. Christian is one of the side characters in the previous book, “The Guise of a Gentleman”,...Read more