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Beyond Innocence [Mass Market Paperback]

Emma Holly
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jove Books; Reprint edition (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515130990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515130997
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.2 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 555,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emma Holly is the USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty very hot romantic books, featuring werewolves, faeries, and just plain extraordinary ordinary folks. Her favorite things are reading, coffee, long daydreamy walks, plus whatever show she's currently infatuated with on tv. She loves sinking into the worlds of her stories and hopes you do too!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A sizzling period romance 19 Dec 2001
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I have previously read a couple of Emma Holly's books in the Black Lace series, and enjoyed them immensely but for me this is her best book to date. Although it is as sexy and sizzling as you would expect from this author, it is not as explicit as her Black Lace books, and concentrates more on exploring the romance between the characters and their emotions.
The story focuses on two brothers intent on preventing a family scandal, and a young, innocent girl fresh from the countryside who is simply looking for marriage and some measure of security for her future. Unwittingly she provides the perfect solution to their problems but needless to say, all does not go to plan when she is attracted to the wrong brother, and he finds himself equally entranced by her. The passion that is unleashed between them threatens to unravel all their lives.
The elder brother, Edward, is austere, autocratic and arrogant - the perfect Victorian hero, while his younger brother Freddie is frivolous and amusing, the darling of society. Florence is pure, innocent and beautiful, with the disarming ability to inspire love in all who know her. Their are some amusing and touching scenes where, much to her great embarrassment, her sweet nature is highlighted by the unwanted devotion she sparks in cats and children.
As the story moves from London to their country estate, an epic struggle follows as Florence tries to contain her burgeoning sexuality, and Edward strives to control the lust and love she inspires in him.
The story is both romantic and sensual, and the main characters are very likeable. I fell totally in love with both Edward and Freddie, and I felt great symapthy for Florence's plight.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lies and deceit, but it all works out in the end 14 April 2003
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Holly has chosen quite a complex issue here. In addition to romantic love between man and woman, the book explores the love of an elder brother for the younger, and the issue of homosexuality in the Regency period. Edward Burbrooke thinks that marriage is the answer for his brother Freddie, to save Freddie from scandal following recent exploits (the footman, no less! Shock, horror). Edward truly loves his brother and does not want Freddie’s life in society to be ruined by his exploits, so he looks for the most sweet and innocent woman he can find to save his brother’s reputation. Enter Florence Fairleigh, a vicars daughter, newly arrived in London, all alone in the world and in something approaching desperate circumstances. Although feeling some guilt in the manipulation, Edward sets out to ensure that Florence will marry his brother and save them all. And as Freddie and Florence soon become engaged, the plan seems to be working. Except that really, none of the three want this, and the situation is about to get very out of hand. Attractions ignite into something more (for all three). Then Florence finds out what Edward’s plan was all along…
The themes of brotherly love of Edward and Freddie with it’s subtext of protection, and repression of sexuality in Regency times are both handled with sympathy by Holly. All three of the central characters here grow, make decisions – good or bad – and live with the repercussions of those decisions. It’s not a life changing book, but there are some interesting issues explored. And it’s unusual in that Freddie has almost as large a part to play in the text as Edward and Florence.
Steamy, fun, sensitive, sad – for a ‘simple’ romantic tale, there’s a lot to recommend itself in this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent !!!!!! 9 May 2003
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I loved this book. Miss Holly created a sympathetic and believable tale that revolves around conflicts of different kinds of love. I was impressed with the way she handled the homosexuality of Edwards brother Freddie, there was no sugary sweet ending but rather a satisfyingly realistic happy one for everyone. Oh and if you like your love scenes hot, sensual and guaranteed to get you daydreaming this is the book for you. I'm off to order Ms Holly's other historical novels.
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