Kicking off a four-part series featuring a group of aristocratic friends from the same London gentlemen's club, this title introduces a marquis who comes to the aid of a shop girl accused of theft who steals his heart. Original.
Evelyn and Marshall are beautifully drawn characters that I adored from page 1. Both are unconventional for their time and are very caring, unselfish people. I was impressed with the way that Ms. Waddell skillfully allowed their love for each other to bloom in a very natural way, with no contrived "misunderstandings" or false notes. The love scenes are steamy, but the devotion of Evelyn and Marshall to each other elevates their physical passion to an almost spiritual level. Even the secondary characters in the book, particularly the Duke of Morland and Marshall's grief-stricken stepmother, Constance, are well-developed and "real." In short, this is a terrific story by a talented writer, and you should not miss it. I was so impressed by Ms. Waddell's writing in this book and in "Cupid Calling," that I immediately ordered the other titles on her backlist. Say "yes" to this book. You will not be sorry.
In the meantime, Marshall sets Evelyn up in her own house. Despite tantalizing kisses, Evelyn makes it clear that she will never become his mistress. However, she does become his stepmother's assistant. During the days, Evelyn's influence draws Lady Waltham out of her deep mourning and helps her to live again. Nights Evelyn spends in Marshall's arms as his lover. Then horribly, she accused of theft once again.
Author Patricia Waddell begins a wonderful new series with the Gentleman's Club. These fast paced Victorian romances begin with HE SAID YES, to be followed by February 2004's release of HE SAID NO. In HE SAID YES, author Waddell once again demonstrates her gift for matching a strong, intelligent, determined heroine with a strong, honorable, and extremely passionate hero. Indeed, Marshall and Evelyn's unconventional verve and remarkable honesty cannot help but capture reader's hearts. Moreover, their story absolutely sparkles, striking just the perfect note between tender and passionate, impossible and believable. Secondary characters are likewise believable, lending the novel wonderful depth. HE SAID YES comes very highly recommended.
Ms Waddell is a gifted writer. She has an uncanny ability to write one line dialogues and events that speaks volumes about her characters. I roared with laughter, screamed with their triumph and cried at their defeat. I'm so glad "He Said Yes" is the beginning of a series because I do not want this to end.
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