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Undone (Fiery Tales) (Fiery Tales Series Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Lila DiPasqua
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Inspired by the tale of Rapunzel, Lila DiPasqua offers a new steamy, emotionally charged historical romance in the acclaimed Fiery Tales Series . . . Rescuing this beauty from the ‘tower’ is only the beginning . . .

Maintaining her ruse as a commoner, and trusting no one has kept Angelica safe. But a chance encounter with a handsome stranger lands her right where danger lies. Now, this sinfully handsome man with arresting blue eyes and a polished manner thinks he’s saved her life, when in fact he’s placed her in great peril. She’s intent on keeping him and everyone else at arm’s length. Yet, the smoldering attraction between them is difficult to deny. And impossible to ignore . . .

As commander of a number of privateer ships, Simon Boulenger dresses and speaks like an aristocrat, and has obtained wealth. But he is still not a noble. Or an officer in the King’s Navy. His lifelong dream to elevate himself from his station of birth and attain a respectable place in society is dead. Worse, he’s ensnared in a deadly scheme, and must get out. But how is he to stay focused on his dangerous mission when the mysterious beauty has him utterly intrigued? He can’t afford the distraction any more than he can resist the carnal hunger she stirs. Simon soon discovers that she’s not only a passionate soul mate, but a woman born into privilege. A woman he can never have. But they’re in too deep. Their hearts are at risk . . . as well as their lives.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988035014
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  • Language: English
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At age fourteen, Lila's best friend sneaked a romance novel out of her grandmother's house. After devouring it, Lila was hooked on romance novels for life. Today she lives with her real-life hero husband and three children and is a firm believer in the happily-ever-after. She loves history and enjoys traveling. She's been to four continents so far. Lila writes sizzling tales about historical alpha-heroes and the heroines who make them lose their hearts. To learn more about her and her upcoming books, visit Lila DiPasqua's website at: www.LilaDiPasqua.com


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read my share of Lila DiPasqua books I should have known better than to start reading Undone after 11pm one night, because I warn you you won't be able to stop. Lila's writing style makes the story flow and her characters are so engaging it was almost 2 am when I noticed I was yawning and that dawn would soon break.

Undone is the 4th book in Lila DiPasqua's Fiery Tales, steamy historical romance series, which are sexy retellings of some classic fairy tales. Undone is Rapunzel's tale, but just so you don't expect something different, Undone is only very loosely based on Rapunzel (here the heroine is cloistered away in a convent instead of a tower), so don't expect a play by play retelling!

We meet our heroine Angelica through the hero's eyes: their meeting is serendipity: a broken carriage wheel, a stop on a deserted road at night and boom, the hero is knocked to the ground by the heroine. *sighs* That scene was both funny and wonderfully romantic.

Angelica is a wonderful combination of different types of heroines: she is a young woman who despite being quiet and humble has a strong backbone and is fiercely independent and protective of others. She isn't afraid to speak out for herself but she is never selfish or self-centered. She is a captivating beauty, but having lived her life in a convent where vanity and beauty aren't venerated she has no idea of her own appeal. She is a truly good heroine, but Lila DiPasqua masterfully paints her character with subtle nuances and avoids the easy danger of Angelica becoming boring or dull due to her goodness.

Simon is a delicious hero: he is a self-made man, the son of a fisherman he is now commander of fourteen ships and has amassed plenty of riches for the king and his country.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could've Been Better!! 15 Aug 2014
By Joyce
Format:Kindle Edition
This book could've been so good if the author had bothered to develop the story line a little. The story had all the ingredients needed to make a good book. A very wicked villain, danger, thrill, accurate historical data thrown in and amazing chemistry between the hero and heroine.

Instead the author chose to focus only on the chemistry between and it turned into countless pages of sex that just seemed to go on until I was bored. I had to skip some pages to try and get back to the story.

The twist towards the end involving the heroine seemed pointless to me and I felt it was unfair to the other person who was had been such an important character in the story. Based on this book, I wouldn't buy anymore from this author which is a shame because she obviously put a lot of effort researching and all her historical details were sound and accurate. I would've enjoyed it more if she'd built on the amazing storyline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Fairy Tale! 20 Nov 2013
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Such an easy 5 stars to give: I've always loved the old and classic fairy tales, and even attempted re-writes myself at some stage (not that they were any good, mind you!) and Lila DisPasqua has managed to give it such a spicy twist that I went straight to her other novellas and bought them instantly. Why?, you ask.. Well!

The story is straight from the get-go, instantaneous and soooo hot hot hot - yet NOT sleazy at all. Lila manages to script such fluent prose, and the whole story runs smoothly from description to speech and back again throughout. Honestly, not gonna lie because this book deserves the truth... it's just THAT GOOD.

Please, despite what you may think, there is a real line of meaning running within the story, that focuses on some real difficult topics but touched upon so well by the author. And, of course, the gorgeous alpha male character certainly helps along the ride... ahem, "ride" (:

Great read. A MUST READ.

Enjoy.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Left me totally UNDONE!!!!! 23 April 2012
By Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
In Undone we get to learn more about Simon Boulenger, who we meet in A Midnight Dance (book 3). Simon's only goal in life has been to become an aristocrat, by any means possible.
Simon has battled his way from poverty and certain death to become an officer in the King's navy. Oh and Simon is a very, very naughty boy. Why you ask? Well you will just have to read the book :) But after so long of doing anything it takes to move up in this unforgiving world, Simon is starting to rethink his goals. After the death of a good friend he doesn't know that being an aristocrat is worth it any more. He starts to question his goals, who he is, where he is going and what he wants. At that very moment fate steps in and literally knocks him to the ground in the form of a very beautifully plain woman. Life for Simon will never be the same from this moment on.

Angelica has been in hiding herself away for many, many years and she has no intention of ever being found. She is content where she is, it might not be ideal but it is better then ever going back home. But when Angelica finds herself tangled in a mess of arms and legs with a very large and incredibly handsome man, she has no idea the twist her life just took.

Lila DiPasqua is a wickedly talented author. I have loved every story of her's that I have read. Undone left me totally undone, but in a very, very good way. Lila does a great job of having two main characters who are stubborn to a fault, beyond a fault really. Who both are hiding secrets that they are ashamed of. Each fears the truth will send the other running. But the journey that these two go on will show them that truth, trust and love can conquer all.

I will say that Simon & Angelica drove me nuts, they made me laugh, they made me cry on multiple occasions, but in the end like any good fiery tale there was a happy ending.

I loved Undone and so can't wait to see what Lila has in store for us next with Three Reckless Wishes (book 5 in the Fiery Tale series), Luc's book.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love romantic and steamy fairy tale retellings Undone is the book for you! 26 April 2012
By Stella (Ex Libris) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read my share of Lila DiPasqua books I should have known better than to start reading Undone after 11pm one night, because I warn you you won't be able to stop. Lila's writing style makes the story flow and her characters are so engaging it was almost 2 am when I noticed I was yawning and that dawn would soon break.

Undone is the 4th book in Lila DiPasqua's Fiery Tales, steamy historical romance series, which are sexy retellings of some classic fairy tales. Undone is Rapunzel's tale, but just so you don't expect something different, Undone is only very loosely based on Rapunzel (here the heroine is cloistered away in a convent instead of a tower), so don't expect a play by play retelling!

We meet our heroine Angelica through the hero's eyes: their meeting is serendipity: a broken carriage wheel, a stop on a deserted road at night and boom, the hero is knocked to the ground by the heroine. *sighs* That scene was both funny and wonderfully romantic.

Angelica is a wonderful combination of different types of heroines: she is a young woman who despite being quiet and humble has a strong backbone and is fiercely independent and protective of others. She isn't afraid to speak out for herself but she is never selfish or self-centered. She is a captivating beauty, but having lived her life in a convent where vanity and beauty aren't venerated she has no idea of her own appeal. She is a truly good heroine, but Lila DiPasqua masterfully paints her character with subtle nuances and avoids the easy danger of Angelica becoming boring or dull due to her goodness.

Simon is a delicious hero: he is a self-made man, the son of a fisherman he is now commander of fourteen ships and has amassed plenty of riches for the king and his country. But besides his accomplishments what is more important is that he is a compassionate, generous and fair man. And despite being an alpha male, he is gentle and vulnerable when it comes to Angelica. He wants to help Angelica and do the honourable thing and resist his attraction and lust for her. He never forces his seduction, lets her dictate the pace and take that final step. It melted my heart how he wanted her to trust him enough to confide in him. And what I also found telling about Simon's character was that even at the beginning of their relationship, when it was mere attraction between them, he was always caring and thoughtful towards Angelica:

"Do you find my company unpleasant? Would you rather dine alone?"
"Unpleasant? No, absolutely not," she quickly assured, wishing at the moment he were old, potbellied, and missing some teeth. "I would be pleased to dine with you, if you consider this suitable attire." She touched her garb.
A slow, gorgeous, knee-weakening smile formed on his appealing face. He leaned in, and in her ear softly he said, "You are beautiful just as you are."

Lila DiPasqua is a mast
er at telling how a spark, a sizzling attraction between two people slowly but passionately becomes more. The emotions, the heat all ensure that the reader will be as affected as the characters, and Simon's steady courting and seduction was irresistible to both Angelica and me:

He dipped his head, bringing his mouth near her ear. "Angelica," he murmured. "I'm not with those other women. I'm here with you. I want you. Can you not feel how much?" How in heaven could she miss that? Just the feel of his delicious length against her caused her sex to clench and ache. "If you want a man, come to me. Day or night... Let me be your lover."

"I want you to come to me, Angelica. I want you, but I'm going to need to know who you are. The door is open and the invitation has been extended. You decide if you are going to accept it or decline it."

If you have already read some of Lila DiPasqua's other stories you might find Undone a bit tame at first, but I assure you Lila will turn up the heat in no time! (And she can write a mere kiss scene so that it is just as scorching hot as a full bodied love scene!) I personally loved how in Undone Simon and Angelica's lovemaking (because it was that even if Simon wasn't yet conscient of his feelings for her at the time) was tender and caring beside being passionate and hot. It was moving and emotional, and thus made it even better.

Undone is somewhat different from Lila DiPasqua's usual stories as it also deals with some darker events, but have no fear,Angelica's story and emotions are told delicately and they really sound authentic, and what made me respect her even more was how her inner strength shone through, that she was stronger than to let her past and someone else's evil deeds define her, and that she could put what happened to her behind her.

I also loved the humour Lila DiPasuqa used to alleviate the angsty parts or the choking sexual tension:

"In a single morning, you have managed to offend the Church and unsettle our system of schooling. Tell me, do you have any plans for the afternoon?"
"No, I believe I'm done for the day."

He froze. Obviously astounded. Then shot to his feet.
"Merde!" He stalked around the chair, putting it between them. "I've been fighting back my desire for you, and you propose I redeem myself by becoming your lover?" She gave a nod.
"On a frequent basis," she added, in case the point was lost on him.

"[...] if a man in my class were to marry a woman in your class, she would be stripped of her status and made insignificant in society. A commoner. A man should bring the woman he marries honor. Not shame. [...] Do you really wish to become one of the 'undesirables'?' he demanded. 'Are you eager to bear children--sired by a man of common birth--that nobles would consider as revolting as a rodent? Do you want to always be at the mercy of your 'betters' and have them treat you and your children as less than human each time you're in their presence? That's the life of a commoner! That is what I, my mother, and everyone in our village endured. Do you want to marry me and have half the Aristos look at you with pity while the rest regard you with disgust?'
She crossed her arms. "Was that a marriage proposal?"
"What? No!"
"Good, because it wasn't a very good one, the way you were carrying on about rodents and disgust."

Verdict: Undone is a beautiful love story with surprising emotional depth. I loved the journey Lila DiPasqua took me on and can only recommend you read Undone. If you love fairy tale retellings, historical romances with strong and admirable heroines and swoonworthy honourable heroes, goosebump-causing, pulse race-inducing steamy love stories, Undone is the book for you!

Plot: 9/10
Characters: 10/10
Writing: 9/10
Ending: 7/10 - found it a bit too easy and convenient
Cover: 10/10 - cover perfection! I can stare at this wonder for loong minutes :-)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Just WOW!! 27 Jun 2012
By Nicole - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I couldn't put this book down!!! Their interaction and chemistry between the hero and heroine were so good. When Angelica reveals her secrets to Simon, oh let the emotional floodgates open! I teared up on more than one occasion in this book. And the ending had me sighing happily. Undone had the perfect fairy tale feel. Don't expect a woman with freakish long hair in this Rapunzel inspired romance. Do expect a wonderful heroine who has locked herself away from the world. A sexy hero who brings out the best in her and who becomes a better man because of her. Expect a beautiful, touching romance, with hints of Rapunzel weaved throughout.

Warning: this book, like the rest of Lila DiPasqua's books, is hot. If you like a healthy dose of steam in your love scenes, then this book will delight you!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undone is like unwrapping a gift!! 12 May 2012
By Jan KC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just love this book! From the very first sentence of "Once upon a time . . ." to the author's ending historical note, I was in-hook, line, and sinker. Undone is the story of Simon Boulenger who desperately wants to be part of the French aristocracy and Angelica who is running from her noble birth. Each has their own secrets but finds a way to overcome these obstacles to be together. The story was laugh out loud funny in parts, but it could bring me to tears in the very next chapter.

Lila DiPasqua is a wonderful author who knows how to write on many different levels. Her prose flows easily and magically transports the reader into a fairy tale (or should I say "fiery tale") that is, simply stated, fun. First and foremost, for me, is the author's ability to capture the reader's attention by introducing believable characters. Ms. DiPasqua does a fantastic job of developing the characters into ones that I like and therefore, can believe their motivations and actions. I personally thought Simon and Angelica were some of the smartest characters I've read about in a long time. I liked Simon A LOT. Even though some of his reactions to Angelica were infuriating, I could understand his thought processes. The author does a wonderful job of explaining his motivations throughout the novel. Angelica stays true to character throughout the book. She's a strong woman who is not afraid to take risks. Second, the settings are an important part of the story. All were written and described in beautifully perfect detail so that I could quickly visualize and appreciate where the story was taking place. Finally, this author can lead you to believe the story will follow a certain path then take you in an exciting twist that you never expect. Undone takes nothing for granted. For me, this story took a lot of turns like a roller coaster ride, but I enjoyed every one of them.

For me, Undone was a story that stayed in my thoughts for days because it's so good! Personally, Ms. DiPasqua is now an auto-buy for me. She's a truly talented author. I can't wait to see what she does next.

P.S. Please, take a moment and look at the cover. It's gorgeous!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot and Romantic! 3 Jun 2012
By YJcho - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a fantastic read! I don't write reviews, but I just had to write something about this book because Undone moved me so much. It made me cry. I was impressed by the way the author handled the subject matter. It was done with such sensitivity and taste. I loved the heroine, and what she went through in her adolescence will break your heart. The hero, Simon, is strong and sexy and I couldn't help but love the rake. They were so perfect together.

The character development is extraordinary. The sexual tension and heat in this book is purely delicious. This author really knows how to write some seriously hot love scene---whew!

Undone is a great romance with hints of Rapunzel and wonderful unexpected twists.

I'm off to read everything else from this author I can get my hands on.
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