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My Own Private Hero (Avon Historical Romance an Avon Romantic Treasure)
 
 

My Own Private Hero (Avon Historical Romance an Avon Romantic Treasure) [Kindle Edition]

Julianne MacLean

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In this delightful conclusion to the Heiress trilogy, Julianne MacLean brings us a fresh twist on classic historical romance—London society as seen through the eyes of a lovely, light-hearted young outsider.

Adele Wilson firmly believes life should be calm and entirely without emotional drama. So the first landed gentleman her mother puts in front of her is the one she agrees to marry, and wedding preparations begin as neatly as she hoped. Until, on the way to seal the deal, her carriage is overtaken by ransomers. And then the ransomers are overtaken by someone handsomer, namely Damien Renshaw, Baron Alcester, cousin to her betrothed. Prim, stately Adele finds that she too is being overtaken, by the manliness of this heroic, albeit complicated man. And Damien is not totally unmoved by her challenging nature, which he believes hides a passion and recklessness never before explored. If only he can get her to explore it with him, there is no telling what kind of love—and excitement—the two of them might discover together.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 477 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (17 Mar 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000N2HCVK
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #250,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author of twenty historical romances, including The Highlander Trilogy with St. Martin's Press and her popular Pembroke Palace series with Avon/Harper Collins. She also writes contemporary mainstream fiction, and her recent release THE COLOR OF HEAVEN was an Amazon bestseller. She is a three-time RITA finalist, and has won numerous awards, including the Booksellers' Best Award, the Book Buyers Best Award, and a Reviewers' Choice Award from Romantic Times for Best Regency Historical of 2005. She lives in Nova Scotia with her husband and daughter, and she is a dedicated member of Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada.

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  19 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner Ending a Brilliant Trilogy 2 Dec 2004
By M. Rondeau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Setting - England, May 1884 --- Miss Adele Wilson, the last and youngest of the three American heiresses, was the quiet, perfectly obedient daughter, never giving her parents any trouble. She had seen her two older sisters, Sophia and Clare suffer through scandal and heartbreak in their quests to find the husbands of their dreams, but this was not going to happen to Adele. She didn't join her sisters in their quest for adventure when they were younger, and she certainly wanted no part of a `season' in London now enduring endless balls and soirees. What she longed for was a simple life in the country with Harold, the British Lord who had asked for her hand in marriage. He was everything she had hoped for, steady, kind and sincere who, like her, expressed a desire to live on his country estate, rather than in the city. Although, her peaceful plans went awry, when after crossing the Atlantic, Adele was kidnapped from the ship when it docked to pick up more passengers. Drugged, Adele had no knowledge of how long she'd been held nor where, after having been kept unconscious during the flight. Some days later she was still hoping for Harold to come and rescue her. Only he sent his cousin, Damien Renshaw, Baron Alcester. He was not exactly her knight in shining armor but more of a dark avenger when during the fight, Damien killed her captor and she was wounded. Damien and Adele would then spend several soul searching days together before she could be quietly returned to her family without anyone the wiser and keeping her reputation intact.

Totally intrigued Damien treated her with the utmost courtesy and respect. A known rake, he loved his cousin Harold and though Adele attracted him as no woman ever had, he was determined to resist his cousin's very proper and quite beautiful fiancé. Adele, on the other hand, wasn't making it easy on him. Aware of the tales of Damien's scandalous reputation Adele was not immune to the pure animal magnetism he exuded and she, the most sedate and proper of the three sisters, was for the first time in her life having the most improper thoughts imaginable.

This was an extremely good story as the last of the American heiresses conquered the British aristocracy. It was so satisfying to see Adele, finally gain some spirit. Damien agonized over his guilt while trying to be loyal to the cousin he loved as he knew he'd finally found the one woman who should be his. This was especially apparent when he realized that she didn't really know Harold well enough to know that the life she wanted would truly be found with him. The author penned delicate and brilliant dialogs and compassion into a lovely sensual awareness as she showed us the metamorphous from the perfect obedient girl to a woman of passion in this fabulous end to the American Heiresses trilogy. While a total stand alone novel, this along with the other two entries are a total `series keeper set'! --- Marilyn Rondeau, for [...] ---
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Pair 2 Dec 2004
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this hero so much, I read the book three times. The heroine, Adele Wilson, is kidnapped and rescued by the wrong man, who definitely turns out to be Mr. Right. Damien Renshaw, Baron Alcester, is the cousin of Adele's fiance. Her fiance is a nice guy, (and we all know what happens to nice guys). He can't leave off his experiments long enough to rescue his beloved, so it falls on Damien to do the rescuing for him. Damien is far from a shining knight. He wonders how much his cousin would regret the loss of his beautiful, angelic bride, and he's a bit slow remembering that "not coveting" clause in the ten commandments. He's even slower keeping his hands to himself. By the time he remembers, it's far too late. Angelic Adele has definitely been drawn into sin. But, if a girl's going to cheat on her fiance with his cousin, who's also his best friend, then Damien's the guy to do it with. Besides, she needed a little corrupting. She was in serious danger of becoming a dull old lady with too many cats, so Damien saved her from that fate, too. And since we know her basic goodness will rub off on him over the years, these two are a match made in heaven.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Worthy Ending To A Great Series!!! 3 Jan 2005
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Maclean's "American Heiress" series ends with this final book "My Own Private Hero." This is Adele's story and it was well worth the wait.

Adele has always been "the good girl." She has always done exactly what her parents wanted her to do. She never got into the scrapes her sisters got into and always tried to do what was right. She now finds herself on her way to England to marry Harold, Lord Osulton. She is sure that she will find happiness with Harold and that's all that matters. She's not interested in titles, or the social whirl. She just wants a quiet life. Well, her life is going to be turned upside down when she is kidnapped during the middle of the night and her would be knight in shining armor is none other than Damien Renshaw, Baron Alcester, Harold's cousin. They spend several days together and the rake and the maiden learn a lot about each other. Damien will honor his cousin by acting honorably. Easier said than done when his heart aches for Adele. Can they have a happy ending without hurting anyone?

This was a wonderful ending and worthy to be a part of this series. Adele and Damien are wonderful characters and their romance is just that...romantic. I highly recommend Ms. MacLean and I look forward to reading her again in the future.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was just ok 5 Jun 2005
By Eirenne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I felt the same as one of the other reviewers that there was something missing. I somewhat skimmed through the book as it never really caught me on fire as the two previous works of this triology had. The chemistry between Adele and Damian was definitely lacking. I am not giving me up on reading Ms. MacLean's novels in fact I will certainly read Lily's story. I have been reading romance novels for several years and this is not the first time that an author will have written one that just did not seem to have the spark that previous works had. I had great expectations about this book but like in the real world sometimes they just doesn't live up to them.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Rising Star of Historical Romance 11 Dec 2004
By Rom Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a romance reader for 15+ years, I have developed both a passion and a descerning palate for my favorite genre: historical. I have read the 'Grand Ladies' over and over again, Mary Balogh, Jo Beverly, Mary Jo Putney.

I'm thrilled to say there's another historical romance author who is fast rising on the heels of these wonderfully talented ladies: Julianne MacLean. What a delight to disappear into one of her books! If you enjoy multi-layered characterization, detailed, authentic historical atmosphere, and a truly beautiful, gut-wrenching lovestory, Ms. MacLean is the author for you. Mary Balogh can alway gets my heart tied up in knots, often with one line. The talented Ms. MacLean can do it, too.

In this, the third instalment of her best-selling 'American Heiress' Series, Damien and Adele are forced to question their loyalties as they experience a passionate desire which overrides everything. For MacLean's characters, love always comes with a huge pricetag--maybe that's why I love her books so much.

I anxiously await her next historical gem!!
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