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Romance in 1836 London
on 19 September 2004
The heroine is novelist Amanda Briars, the book opens as she purchases a 30th birthday present for herself - a man! For Amanda is unmarried and innocent but even though her sisters have said that sex is an unpleasant necessity she thinks it will be wonderful and wants to experience it.
The hero is Jack Devlin a publisher, he turns up as Amanda expects her man. Thus begins a passionate affair between them which they keep a secret. When the inevitable happens for Jack was not careful one time confusion and misunderstandings ensue.
My main problem with the book is the motivations for both the characters. Jack is a wrong side of the blanket son of a nobleman - Jack believes his father does not love or care for him. But when his mum died (after having many other 'protectors') his father puts him in a school ok it's a horrid school but in that age his dad kept a tab on him to know his mum died and paid for him to go to school when he could have just let Jack go to the poor house, his dad also lends(wanted to give but Jack pays him back) him a large sum of money to set up his business but Jack thinks his father never cared for him at all?!? And is upset when his ½ siblings don't want to know him.
I will admit that half way through to finish the book I ended up skipping a lot of the sex scenes as the book had got that tedious.
This book was not for me as I could not quite get over the motivations thing but I can see that others might like the book as it is otherwise well written.