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Heartless (Thorndike Romance) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Kat Martin
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  • Hardcover: 529 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786235853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786235858
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.5 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,356,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and History. Currently residing with her Western-author husband, Larry Jay Martin, in Missoula, Montana, Kat has written over thirty bestselling novels, including Historical, Romantic Suspense, and Contemporary. Over ten million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in a dozen foreign countries. Among her many awards, Kat has won the prestigious Romantic Times Magazine Career Achievement Award. She is currently working on her next novel.

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To escape a life of poverty, Ariel Summers, a poor tenant farmer's daughter, makes a bargain with the Earl of Greville to become his mistress in exchange for an education and a life of refinement, never expecting the aristocrat's untimely death or her disturbing attraction to his illegitimate son an --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Lame.... 6 Jan 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had this book in my wish list and I just finished reading it, but I was quite disappointed... The writing was barely adequate and therefore the lame story shone through: over the top hero who is not capable of love (his own words but off course he can), over the top story with obstacles after obstacles and purple prose, just a bit, but it was the final straw..
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5.0 out of 5 stars alldone books 11 May 2008
By suz
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Kat Martin is a recent discovery for me. Her heros are moody and magnificent and her heroines gentle but determined. This is the first of a good trilogy - 'The Fire Inside' and 'Fanning The Flame' being the others. Good reads if you like regency romance with a bit of sexual heat!
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9 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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This was the first Kat Martin book I've read and I can't wait to read more. The hero and heroine were both believeable and real and I could relate to both of them. Justin was the typical tall, dark and handsome type and Ariel was the sort of woman who knew what she wanted and how to go about getting it. Brilliant. Very well written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable historical 26 April 2001
By Sheri Melnick - Published on Amazon.com
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Ariel Summers, a peasant girl living in nineteenth century England, decides that she wishes to better her lot in life. She offers to become the mistress of the Earl of Greville in exchange for his providing her with the schooling to become a proper lady. Upon completion of her education, she plans to be his mistress.
Unbeknownst to Ariel, the old Earl dies prior to the completion of her schooling and the new Earl, Justin Ross, the newly legitimized son of the late Earl, inherits his father's soon to be mistress.
In the years since his father's death, Justin has relished the letters sent by Ariel, and something in those correspondances touches his hardened heart. When Justin meets Ariel, he wants her for his own. But she will not be any man's mistress, having decided that she want to try to repay Justin in some other way.
Justin deliberately hurts Ariel thinking that she has betrayed him with another. Tensions arise as she must learn to trust him again, and he learns the meaning of real love.
Kat Martin has written a well-pleasing historical that holds the reader's interest with the constant tension between the hero and heroine as they discover that their mutual attraction leads them on a journey filled with misunderstandings that ends when they find enduring love.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kat Martin scores again! 10 Jun 2001
By Kay Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
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When I read the a review on HEARTLESS, I thought, "Oh, oh! Another plot placed in England in the early 19th century that has been done to death." Wrong! It could easily have been just another story of a poor peasant girl meets and falls in love with the local Earl....except Ms. Martin doesn't write anything just like anyone else. The peasant girl, Ariel, made a bargain with the Earl of Greville if he would send her to school so she could learn both academics and the fine art of being a lady when not to the manor born. By the time she graduates, the elderly Earl has passed on and his son, the handsome but cold-hearted Justin Ross is ready to collect on the bargain that was cast between the previous Earl and Ariel. She on the other hand has already made plans to renege on the arrangement. So begins a wonderful story of two people at opposite ends of the caste system that meet on the common ground known as love. They don't arrive at it easily, but once they do, sparks fly in the special way Ms. Martin has of making romantic scenes come alive and leaving you more then a little breathless! Oh, and as a special bonus....I understand there's a sequel to look forward to involving Justins friend, the handsome but slightly mysterious Clayton and Ariels spirtited friend Kassandra. This will be quite a twosome and I'm eagerly awaiting RESTLESS!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart FULL of love & Values 10 May 2001
By Abbys - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my first of Kat Martin and certainly not the last. I am happy my sister introduced me to her. Because of the interesting back description, I didn't hesistate in reading this one even if I haven't heard of Kat Martin before. I was right, the book was one a kind. In the first chapter however, I thought I wouldn't like Ariel Summers. I thought she was too ambitious and too high flown but as the story progress, I ended up admiring her. I don't think I would have the courage to make such bargain. Justin was a bit too cold and too hard for me in the beginning too. I actually feared him especially after reading the part wherein his father called him to his deathbed. But then slowly, you'll get to know him. He appears cold yet inside, there is something burning waiting to set free. He is actually scared and insecure. Ariel helped loosen him up and melted that ice by offering him her warm heart.
I liked the way Kat Martin touched my heart through her words & specially the ways statements was being said. Everything seems to be said & done at the right time and at the right moment. The misunderstanding & twist of this book is truly heart quenching. This is probably the only book that really made me cry for such a long time. I mean, I have been teary eyed in some books but this one actually made me sob. I cried for Ariel. I felt for her more probably because of her past, her being a farmer's daughter who worked hard to be a Lady. I don't want to ruin it for others so I'll just suggest you read the book and watch out for the chapter 15 to 18. The page 201 is my favorite. This part went to show that a person can be worth more IF he/she chooses to be. No amount of money or title or even high powered education can belittle someone who value oneself. Selfpride and Selfworth cannot be taught, it comes from within. Absolutely wonderful. This book is certainly not heartless but full of it and more. A MUST READ!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost a lot of sleep! I could not stop reading! 31 May 2001
By Huntress Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
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Ariel Summers had a drunk father that delighted in beating her. So at age fourteen Ariel made a deal with Edmund Ross, Fourth Earl of Greville. Edmund was to send Ariel to a ladies school for an education. Upon graduating, she would become his mistress. Ariel never knew that Edmund died two years after the bargain was made. She graduated after four years of school. Being older and wiser, Ariel fully understood now the bargain she had made and hoped the Earl would allow her to pay her debt in a different way. She had recently met Phillip Marlin and dreamed of marrying him to become a real Lady.
Justin Bedford Ross, Fifth Earl of Greville, never told Ariel of his father's death. Justin had been called to Edmund's sick bed and told about Ariel. There was no love between father and son. Justin's mother had been one of Edmund's mistresses. Sick and with no heir, Edmund had adopted his bastard son. Even though he loathed his father, Justin paid for Ariel's schooling until she graduated. He planned to meet her and help her decide her future. But when he found her kissing Phillip, his worst enemy, Justin's plans changed!
***** With Ariel between these two formidable men and Justin's evil half-sister also involved, things got hot quickly! I found the story so engrossing that I was startled whenever reality broke into my reading, such as the phone ringing. An excellent story with enjoyable characters that combine to make this book a winner! *****
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt romance! 14 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Kat Martin is an uneven author, but this is one of her gems. The class-based characterization and plot is suspenseful and unpredictable as it unfolds. The heroine is spirited but sensitive and self-effacing in the right degrees, while the hero, though having that requisite brutal edge is tempered by our understanding of his background and his potential qualities, lurking just beneath the surface of his more obvious desire for the heroine.
I did NOT find the plot twist exaggerated for a romance, and found its development enticing and fun. It was gratifying to wait for the hero to realize his grave mistake and to imagine how he would handle it. What I also found engaging was the maintenance of the romantic tension throughout, something that is hard to do. The pacing was just right, with various discoveries and misunderstandings to keep the romantic plot alive and moving.
The ending was not as satisfactory (thus my rating) as I would hope. Like many romance authors, she makes the mistake of overshadowing the romantic conclusion with a melodramatic plot resolution. Too many things happen at once and not enough focus is placed on the resolution of the love plot itself. Some loose threads also remain because of the overly complicated ending.
One of the most gratifying things about this story was the introduction of their friends for upcoming novel RESTLESS. I am looking forward to reading it already and can only wonder how she will adequately introduce that pair for readers who have not read HEARTLESS, since their initial coming together here is priceless! It should be a very different dynamic as the personalities of the lovers are diametrically opposed to Justin and Ariel--a good strategy for a sequel.
A strong recommendation for Heartless itself. It is heartfelt without being corny, erotic without being kinky, suspenseful without being unbelievable, and fantastic good fun overall!
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