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Julianne MacLean

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1 Feb 2009

I saved his life . . . and I had much to demand in return.

When he washed up on shore, I knew my prayers had been answered, and that I, Lady Chelsea Campion, need no longer fear poverty and heartbreak. To secure my family's estate, all I needed was a child. Handsome, clearly noble-born, and with no memory of his previous life, the mysterious man was perfect. All I had to do was visit his bedchamber and seduce him. I had expected him to be a skillful, scandalously wonderful lover, but once in his arms I was overcome by something more than mere passion. I had fallen hopelessly, desperately in love.

My plan has gone shockingly awry. But I will not give up a man who makes me feel such wicked ecstasy. No matter his true identity, no matter the secrets he struggles to remember, I will do anything in this world to make this stranger love me.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (1 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061456853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061456855
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,044,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Julianne MacLean fell in love with some of the classic romances—Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Pride and Prejudice—while completing her degree in English literature. Then she decided that she needed a "real job," but after a brief stint as a government auditor, she realized she just didn't care enough about numbers matching up. So a month before her wedding, she sat down and wrote the first paragraph of a romance. Now fifteen years, a husband, and a daughter later, Julianne is a happy, fulfilled, stay-at-home mom and a devoted romance writer.

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  33 reviews
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking Emotional Depth 31 Jan 2009
By E. A. Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've enjoyed this series until this point, but When A Stranger Loves Me was so disappointing that I'm not sure I'll pick the fourth book up. It's not badly written, the characterization is consistent, the actions taken make some sense based on who they are, but it's all of my least favorite romance cliches bundled into one neat package and iced with pages and pages of skimmable sex.

And it's all so neat. For such a messy bundle there should be one or two loose threads, but by the end of the book it's not just happily ever after - it's happily ever after for everyone without a bit of anything else. Villains are foiled, true loves are revealed several times over, motivations are forgiven or explained - babies abound. Yet in the middle I never could care about what happened to any of them. I cared more about Blake in The Mistress Diaries than I did here. Without having anything of his former life (where he feels suffocated by love) to compare his current situation with, his petulance is only childish. When he decides he wants to 'take measures' to prevent conception, it's just a sentence he tosses off so he can get mad about it later. Like all of his statements, there's no conviction. He feels angry with the world and entitled to act that way. The heroine is so willing to enable him that she takes every chance she gets to bolster his sense of injury. It is apparently beyond her to require anyone to bear their own burdens, never mind taking up her own.

They meet, they have sex, they like it so they have sex as often as they can, they find out they might not be able to have sex anymore, and they figure out how to have it again, the end. I don't mean to be so harsh. I really like the author, I wanted to like the book, but I found it an unpleasant read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tender, character-driven historical romance! 1 May 2009
By Andrea W - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When a Stranger Loves Me is the third installment in USA Today bestseller Julianne MacLean's Pembroke Palace series. In the previous book, The Mistress Diaries, Lord Blake Sinclair went missing and we find out precisely what happened in When a Stranger Loves Me.

Lady Chelsea Campion has lived somewhat in exile on the island of Jersey for the last seven years. At 18, she ran off with a fortune hunter and created a scandal that her family has never been able to live down. And now she feels the pressure of possibly having to marry her father's cousin and heir because her brother (the current earl) and sister-in-law have produced no offspring after ten years of marriage. Despite this, she is happy living on the wild Jersey coast. She loves walking along the beaches and cliffs and listening to the pounding waves crashing to the shore. Doing so feeds her imagination and breathes life into her writer's soul. While on one of her seaside excursions, she discovers a man's gold watch with the initials B H S inside and immediately starts daydreaming about whom it might belong to and what the initials might stand for. She then enters one of the sea caves and is stunned to see a man laying face down on the ground. A naked man. Chelsea checks his pulse and then hurries home to summon help. The unconscious man is seen and treated by the doctor and when he later awakens, he has no idea where he is, how he got there or even who he is. Chelsea befriends him and eventually conjures up a plan that may save her and her family -- she intends to seduce the handsome stranger and conceive an heir. What she didn't intend was losing her heart in the process. When her scheme is exposed and her lover's identity is revealed, Chelsea is left wondering if their love will be enough to withstand all of her lies.

Chelsea is one of those characters that, despite the fact that the reader knows she is doing something dishonest, you can't help but sympathize and root for. She has a good heart and good intentions in wanting to atone for her past sins by helping her family out now. And as much as she thought she was happy with her life, it isn't until she spends time with Blake that she realizes that writing a romantic story and actually living one are two completely different things.

Blake is confused and discouraged because of his memory loss. He has no clue of his name, his station in life, of any responsibilities he might have or of any family or friends. It was as if his life started the day he was rescued in that cave. Because of that, he clings to the only thing he does know - the beautiful woman who saved his life, Chelsea. Ms. MacLean did a fantastic job conveying Blake's amnesia. It was extremely realistic and I truly felt his frustration in needing to find out who he is and also his trepidation in not wanting to know because it might disrupt the happiness he found with Chelsea.

When a Stranger Loves Me is a beautiful, tender love story full of the heart and emotion that Julianne MacLean's books are known for. If you're longing for a stirring, character-driven historical romance, look no further - this one is definitely for you!

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3.0 out of 5 stars When a Stranger Loves Me by Julianne MacLean 27 April 2009
By jjmachshev - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Humph. Julieanne MacLean is a talented writer. Her prose flows beautifully and her characters are memorable. Unfortunately, the plot in "When a Stranger Loves Me" was just a bit too outre FOR ME.

Chelsea lives a life of freedom now that she's disgraced. However, she's perfectly content with her writing and her rambles about the seashore. But since her brother and his wife have been unable to have a child, he and her mother are looking to marry her off to the presumptive heir--a nasty, smelly old man. Desperate to save herself, when a stranger with no memory washes up on the seashore, Chelsea's inventive mind begins to spin a plot.

He has no memory, no clothes, and almost no life! Since he woke up, 'Jack' has clung to the woman who saved him. Their time together is increasingly special and passionate. But when he discovers Chelsea's plot...nothing can convince him of her true feelings.

Chelsea is a truly unusual heroine. But even understanding her reasoning didn't wash the foul taste from my mouth. And the complicity of her mother and brother was the last straw. For me, there were just too many things that didn't make sense. I understand they were needed to progress the story, but I just flat out didn't like or believe them. That made the whole book more of a chore than an enjoyment.

On the plus side, everything else carried Ms. MacLean's normal great writing--pace, tension, relationship--all were there for me with the big exception of a few plot devices. The good news is, if this doesn't bug you, then "When a Stranger Loves Me" will be another winner for you!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best so far! 30 Jan 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading a disturbing letter, Chelsea is taking a walk on the beach when she discovers a handsome, naked! Stranger. Little choice left, she takes the stranger to her house where she lives with her mom, her brother and his wife.

When the handsome stranger awakens they discover he can't remember a single thing... Not how he ended up naked and stabbed in the water, nor his own name or his past...
Facing a future she wants to avoid at all cost and an attraction to a stranger she finds hard to deny, she sets up a daring and sensual scheme. Unfortunately the plan didn't include the strong feeling she develops for the stranger who seduces her body by night and her heart by day. Living a dream has only one disadvantage... One moment one must wake up and face reality again...

This is part 3 of the Pembroke Palace Series by Julianne MacLean.
In this wonderful novel MacLean takes us on a journey with the missing Blake, the responsible, loyal brother.

Only with no recollection of whom he is, Blake is able to show the side he has to hide for so many years. With no one to remember, he is drawn to Chelsea without any inhibition. Faced with a love blossoming, but no memory of a wife or fiancée who might be searching for him. The love between Chelsea and Blake is strong and heartbreaking. Blake is heartbroken when he finds out what Chelsea planned and as his brother shows up to take him home, there's only one thing he can do... Take Chelsea with him to see where to go from there and to have her by his side in a world that is so unfamiliar to him. Blake is arrogant, caring and more like his brothers than we would have assumed previously.

Chelsea is going to be forced to a wedding she doesn't want. Ruined by a youthful elopement it's the only marriage proposal she can expect. And since her brother's wife hasn't conceived yet, it up to her to keep the title in the family. Thus a plan developed in her mind... Chelsea started as a dreamer, a writer with her head in the clouds. But as the story continues she has to learn to deal with reality and face the fact that she is as free as she would like to believe... But when the truth is discovered, all her dreams seem to scatter around her.

The latest novel by Julianne MacLean is a heartbreaking story that grabs your heart and won't let go until you finished the very last sentence...
Julianne MacLean's wonderful talent combined with a heartbreaking plot and well developed and growing characters resulted in a book that will most definitely be on your keeper's shelf.

With this book Julianne MacLean hits the stars. It has everything... Passion, love, betrayal, hurt and lots of emotions. I can honestly say this is the best book by this writer so far! And I have loved her work from the very first one... When a stranger loves me touches your heart in a way you won't forget easily.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Regency story 29 Nov 2009
By Dannyfiredragon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
WHEN A STRANGER LOVES ME is the third book in Ms. MacLean's Pembrooke Palace series and I recommend that you read the two previous books prior to reading this one, because in WHEN A STRANGER LOVES ME, the reader gets to know what happened with Lord Blake Sinclair as the previous book, The Mistress Diaries, left the readers wondering what happened when he disappeared.

Lady Chelsea is getting desperate, because her family's poverty is forcing her to choose a husband. The old and vile Lord Carruther seems to be her only choice. But one day her prayers are answered when she finds an unconscious man on the beach near her home. Her family needs a male heir and Chelsea hope that the man with no memory is the solution to her family's problems. Everything seems perfect till she falls in love with him, but what will happen if he regains his memory?

Memory loss is nothing new in world of romance, but still Ms. MacLean manages to give this plot her own kind of brand and makes an often used plot line still interesting. Chelsea and Blake are what make the story special. They are just perfect for each other. While reading the story I could hardly wait to see what happens next and how the story would develop. Once you start reading it the story will capture your interest and you won't be able to put it down. The book is a great combination of witty and mystery elements.

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