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Come Near Me (Oeb) Hardcover – Apr 2001

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Twtp Assorted (April 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 0759523150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759523159
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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After a whirlwind courtship Adam Dagenham, Marquis of Daventry, marries Charlotte Victor, but a bitter lie forces Charlotte to regain her new husband's trust and love. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kasey Michaels is one of my favorite authors - but... this book is not exactly typical of most of her books and I currently have 38 of her books downloaded onto my Kindle and have read several of those books more than once. This may not make me an expert on Kasey Michaels, but I believe I can safely say - "Come Near Me" is definitely not a typical Kasey Michaels' book.

The reader is aware from the beginning of the book that something has gone terribly awry in the relationships of all the characters in this book with the exception of Adam and his friend, Chollie. The story is told in flashbacks from the point of view of Adam Dagenham, Marquis of Daventry and his wife, Sherry Victor.

What had appeared to be a "fairy tale" type of romance slowly turns into a nightmare after a charismatic individual comes into Adam's and Sherry's lives. Can they overcome their past, forgive one another and get their happy life back? That is the question they must face even as they learn to scrutinize and mistrust their relationships with certain people.
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By Moose Girl on 28 Sept. 2014
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Most of this book is your fairly typical historical romance. Until the last few chapters where it suddenly veers into the paranormal, which is quite jarring. I like historical romance. I love paranormal stuff. Combining the two is fine. Suddenly throwing in the paranormal just at the end is weird. For me, the book needed to either stick purely with the historical or else have more paranormal things earlier on. Changing the rules (and genre!) just at the end of the book spoiled this for me and took it from 4 stars to 3.
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By Serena on 24 Sept. 2014
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I can understand the other reviews ( without having read them) giving 3 stars
This book makes you think about choices and life and that is not what most people are looking for in a romance
And then there is the devil interfering in lives

Not a comfortable book by any means
But lovely all the same
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Spooky! 9 Jun. 2000
By ladybug10 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
The paths of Adam Dagenham, Marquis of Daventry, and Miss Charlotte Victor, cross in an unlikely manner one lovely spring day. Both are smitten with one another, and after a hasty marriage, they settle down to several months of wedded bliss - until a charismatic stranger named Richard Brimley walks into their lives. Brimley seduces them both, then sullies their love by planting the seeds of jealousy in Adam's heart. As the book opens, we see the fruits of his labors, as Adam and Sherry are at one another's throats in a love-hate relationship that painfully contrasts to their love-at-first-sight paradise. By then, Brimley has mysteriously disappeared, but a new, charming character by the name of Edmund Burnell takes his place, and with frighteningly similar actions, he also slowly insinuates himself into Adam's and Sherry's lives. Something about Burnell finally opens Adam's eyes, and what he sees, remembers, and learns further as the story proceeds, is downright scary. When the book starts, Sherry is the one trying to rekindle their relationship; midway through, the tables turn, and it is Adam who struggles to save them both - literally.
KM tells this story in three parts: "A Small Society," followed by "A Dangerous Game," and climaxing with "Good and Evil." I enjoyed her writing style, which included introducing each book and each chapter with a literary quote hinting at the contents. She also tells the story by moving back and forth in time between the past and the present, but I was never confused because - and I know this sounds strange, but it works - the typeface for the past is different than that of the present, so that the effect is similar to looking through a lens at a distance. Very ingenious.
This book was more than a romantic story; it takes themes of good and evil, and the limits of the power of each, and weaves them into a story about everyday life. I thought KM did a very good job of portraying evil in its various manifestations, and contrasting this with both the strength and the vulnerability of innocence. I was spooked a little at how well she wrote the concept! There were some twists to the ending that I didn't see coming. My only criticism revolved around Sherry's character, which was portrayed as so perfect that at times she seemed shallow. But overall, I found this to be a delightfully different story, and one I'm happy to recommend.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A fantastical story that is one of a kind. 12 Sept. 2005
By Creekergirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading some of the reviews here on amazon about this book, I wasn't sure that I wanted to read this. But I'm glad that I went ahead and requested it from my library. However, I'm not sure how to put what I feel about this book into words.

First of all, it was weird. The story line was odd for an historical romance. Almost paranormal. The fact that Adam and Sherry, (the h/h of the story) fell in love in less than 24 hours and were married within a week seemed unreal to me for the time period. Still it intrigued me to read a romance that was pure fairytale, complete with the Devil and everything. The writing is beautiful, and I found myself smiling when the story went back in time to when they first met. Then frowning at how their love for each other had deteriorated when it reverted back to the present.

One thing that I haven't read in the other reviews is how important the character of Chollie is. Chollie is the Irish friend of Adam and Sherry. This character added a lot of comic relief for an otherwise solemn story. I'll add a couple of things that made me laugh about this character:

Chollie swore that all Irish were born mad as fire to be alive and therefore spent their lives looking for someone to punch, that's why he became a boxer.

"Being born is a calamity, marriage an anticlimax, and death looms ahead as a happy release."

So, this story is not only fire and brimstone, hatred and betrayal. It has lots of lovely moments and the way that Sherry and Adam met is beyond original. This is truly a one of a kind story that will stay with you long after you have put it down.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
When the Devil Comes into Your Life... 24 Aug. 2014
By Judge Tabor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Kasey Michaels is one of my favorite authors - but... this book is not exactly typical of most of her books and I currently have 38 of her books downloaded onto my Kindle and have read several of those books more than once. This may not make me an expert on Kasey Michaels, but I believe I can safely say - "Come Near Me" is definitely not a typical Kasey Michaels' book.

The reader is aware from the beginning of the book that something has gone terribly awry in the relationships of all the characters in this book with the exception of Adam and his friend, Chollie. The story is told in flashbacks from the point of view of Adam Dagenham, Marquis of Daventry and his wife, Sherry Victor.

What had appeared to be a "fairy tale" type of romance slowly turns into a nightmare after a charismatic individual comes into Adam's and Sherry's lives. Can they overcome their past, forgive one another and get their happy life back? That is the question they must face even as they learn to scrutinize and mistrust their relationships with certain people.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not up to Kasey Michals usual standards 27 Jun. 2000
By "lrabalais" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Like one of the other reviewers I could not finish this book. It was really too far fetched and boring. If Adam loved Sherry with all his heart he sure did not act like it. I do believe in Devils and Angels also but this book was bad! bad! bad!
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A Winner! 24 Feb. 2000
By Amy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Since this is my first time in writing a review for a book.....bear with me. I absolutely loved this book...for the writing, the story, the hero/heroine relationship, and, most definitely, the concept. Wonderful story of good vs evil, literally. And to say anymore along those lines, would give away the plot.
This was definitely an original for me, and made my keeper shelf and one of my best books for 2000. I'm not kidding when I say that COME NEAR ME was the first book that I can remember literally not being able to put down....I found myself walking around the house, reading. Hung onto every word.
A bit dark/grim...maybe a bit controversial, but for me, those were the high points. Please, give it a try!
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