- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Topaz (September 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451406494
- ISBN-13: 978-0451406491
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,469,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stealing Heaven Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1996
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I pulled this book out this weekend and gave it a re-read in an effort to save some money. (Any of you book fanatics out there know what I mean!) I hadn't read this book in a couple of years and I brushed the dust off and sat down for a refresher. Wowser! I recalled I had given this book a 4 star review and I came back to edit it and upped it to a 5 star.
This novel was even better the second time around. Young heiress Gillian is absconded from her bed in the middle of the night by a pair of dandies in an attempt to spirit her off to Gretna Green in order to gain her substantial dowry. This somewhat cliche beginning has surprises in store for you as this abduction has more than one motive. Fortunately (or unfortunately) for Gillian, she manages to escape her abductors only to be left for dead, unconscious on a road in the icy rain. The injury she sustains has robbed her of her memory, not only of who she is but of the people who have caused her this harm.
Along comes Dante, the Rakehell Earl of Morgan, whose carriage nearly runs over the fallen lady. He gathers her up in an heroic display and takes her to his manor, where he restores her health. Dante has the reputation of a womanizer, but a heart of gold. He's taken with Gillian immediately and swears to protect and honor her, while getting to the root of her abduction. Dante is truly the charmer in this romantic tale.
The pair have a lot to conquer in this story- a murderous plot, a meddlesome family, the rules of society and layers and layers of greed and corruption. Dante and Gillian manage to develop a beautiful loyalty to one another and a friendship based on knowledge of one another. I loved the dialogue between them and found their relationship to be most authentic. The passionate build-up is quite something, as the Rakehell Earl has sworn not to dishonor his lady despite her attempts to weaken him with scorching kisses and play.
I highly recommend this romantic tale!
Time Period: Restoration (mid 17th century). Plot devices include: abduction, damsel in distress, amnesia, a roguish hero and... there is a small side plot of a long lost child (for those of you who hate this plot device). Sexual scenes: About 25 pages of 375.