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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reissue edition (1 Oct. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380761319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380761319
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 807,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Cook on 22 Sept. 2003
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i've been searching for this book for ages and now i've read it i'm so glad i didn't give up looking for it! The writing is tight, precise and absorbing.
The hero Samuel Gerard is so perfectly human,with very human flaws, feelings of self-hate etc. He is a man running from a childhood of wicked abuse, used as a child prostitute-although this is never mentioned in any degree of detail, which is good, in my opinion.
Samuel has grown up believing that his own sexual urges are wrong and is ashamed when upon meeting Leda he finds his senses going haywire.
Leda has been brought up to deny her French, flighty side and is attracted to Samuel Gerard from the first time they meet.
Samuel is an oddity, a sensitive, strong hero who needs to be loved and needs to be taught how to love. This book has it all, you will laugh and cry and be left with a feeling of reading something special.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on 15 July 2009
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I have just finished this book which I read whilst away on holiday. I must say that the cover on my book bears no relation to what is inside the book at all and is so tastless. The later editions, I see have changed.

Leda knew all about manners and etiquette, but little about anything else outside of her job and trying to survive. It was a voyage of discovery for her and us, because we see through her eyes and she is a fascinating little thing and so proper. When she had what she considered an improper thought she put it down to 'being half french'!

As the first reviewer says, this book is a joy from start to finish. Take it slowly because it is different and well worth it. I will keep mine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By StarPlayer on 30 Sept. 2012
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This is a VERY intensely romantic story. You feel the love of the H and h before they even know that they are in love. Honestly, I was all set to buy the book (I've just finished reading my library copy) when the ending let it down. It's worth reading though.

Kinsale makes a sincere attempt to rise above the standard historical romance by introducing an element of oriental mystery. Sadly, the attempt flounders in its own pretension, and the work is most enjoyable where it is most conventional.

Kinsale alternates here between two related stories. One, set in Hawaii, follows young Samuel Gerard, whose childhood has been a nightmare of abuse. Given a home by the benevolent Lady Ashland, he soon becomes the protege of enigmatic Japanese butler Dojun, who coaches Sam in a Japanese system of fighting and self-discipline.

In the second story, set in 1880s London, the impoverished but resolutely respectable Leda Etoile learns that Samuel, now full-grown and dazzlingly handsome, is behind a baffling series of events marring Queen Victoria's jubilee festivities.

Fate brings them together, love binds them.
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The dream team of Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Boulton have pulled off another coup! I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this half as much if I had just been reading it, Ms. Kinsale, talented and clever as she is, writes very complicated stories that send one on an emotional roller coaster, much more enjoyable when read by the wonderfully talented, velvet voiced, versatile Nicholas Boulton.

Samuel Gerard is a fabulously handsome, clever, talented but emotionally damaged young man after a childhood of horrendous abuse. The fallout has left him, a man in his late 20's, still a virgin and afraid of his own natural, physical desires. Having been rescued from his nightmare life by Lady Tess whom he adores, he has been brought up in her own family, the wealthy Ashland family, she alone understands his unspeakable earlier life, though not the full extent of his emotional damage. Whilst living in Hawaii with the family, Samuel is taken under the wing of their Japanese butler, Dojun and surreptitiously trained in the ways of eastern martial arts, becoming a skilled warrior. As well as his physical and combatant attributes, Samuel flourishes under the love, acceptance and care of the Ashland family, becoming an astute and wealthy business man in his own right.

Samuel has loved Lady Katherine, Lady Tess's daughter who is known by her family as Kai, for as long as he remembers and has waited for her to grow up so that he can marry her. It is an obsession and he does not see her as a sexual figure and has no problem keeping his frustrations under control in her company. This did not come across to me as love and desire in the normal way, more like a habit, a placing of a beautiful object on a pedestal.
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