My True Love (Zebra Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 26 Apr 2001
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Longing for true love, Penelope Westmoreland, desperate to escape an arranged marriage with a lecherous old earl, is overjoyed when handsome stranger Lucas Pendleton rescues her, but unbeknownst to her, Lucas has a hidden agenda. Original.
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American Lucas Pendleton has a score to settle with the philandering Duke of Roswell but seducing his daughter was never part of Lucas's plan for revenge. But as Lucas continues his charade the pair grow closer, and with every tryst the pair have, Lucas starts to realise it might not be a charade after all. But what will Penny say when she discovers the lies and will she ever believe in Lucas's declarations of love?
This book follows Penelope, the ditched fiancé of Adam St Clair from Cheryl Holt's previous book My Only Love. Despite the connection, there is absolutely no need to have read the first book to enjoy this one.
I found this book to be delightful despite getting off to a rather slow start. I loved Penny and how she started off a little spoiled and feisty and managed to change into a character you really could admire. Lucas was the perfect tortured hero as he did what he thought was right for his family but couldn't help but be troubled over what he was doing to Penny as he fell for her. Their chemistry was nice and spicy despite the book not having as much heat as many of Cheryl Holt's newer novels.
Overall, this book was exciting, romantic and very engaging. If you're looking for a book to capture your imagination that has all the elements you need for a great love story - this is the book for you. 5 stars.
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Penny was a diamond when she first had her come out. Now several years later she is laughed at and gossiped about. See, there have been several plans for her to marry but they have all fallen through. It does not matter that she is the daughter of Duke. She is worthless as a bride.
Lucas is an American who has come to England with his brother and his nephew to seek vengence for the death of his sister. She died in childbirth and they are there to see that young Harry (his nephew) gets what he deserves. Harry's father is Penny's father and Lucas after a chance meeting with the beauty decides that she is the key to bringing the Duke to heel and giving Harry the legitemancy that he deserves. What he does not count on is his feelings for Penny. This causes all kinds of problems. He has made a promise to his sister, but he wants to follow his heart. Can he do both?
Luke Pendleton is on a mission. He has traveled from his native America to London to confront the Duke who stole his sister's innocence and left her with a child. He does threaten the man and plans to ruin him but he decides his means will be the Duke's daughter Penelope.
Luke meets Penelope the evening after he has confronted her father and saves her from ravishment from the lecher her father as betrothed her to recently. Luke does not know he has rescued the Duke's daughter but when discovers her identity, he agrees to meet her secretly. Luke never gives away his connection to Penelope's father or the fact that he and his older brother are in England with Penelope's young half brother.
Penelope is simply enchanted with the suave Luke and when she expresses her fear of marriage to her betrothed, Luke promises to take her away. Penelope is grateful and with her maid, she leaves her London home to live in a country house with Luke and his young nephew.
Penelope finds their life ideal and she wants to marry Luke but her desire for a wedding causes Luke tremendous stress. How can he marry her without telling her the truth and also it is imperative that he ransom her back to her father. Luke is in a moral quandary; his plans which seemed so right in the beginning are now falling down around him. He does not want to hurt Penelope but he is driven to avenge his sister.
Penelope is a woman who loves Luke for many reasons. He is her rescuer, friend, confidant and protector. She admires the way he interacts with his nephew and she believes they have a happy future in front of them. Because Luke wants to protect her, Penelope must initiate most of the physical contact between them which she finds empowering. She gains confidence in many areas as the book progresses. This couple connects on many levels and their romance is both sweet and passionate.
Penelope Westmoreland had always been the wealthiest, the prettiest, the most sought after girl, but no longer. The excitement of innocent flirtations and romances is gone. Now when she goes out, people laugh behind her back, whispering about how far she has fallen. At twenty, Penelope is past her prime. She had once been betrothed to the Marquis of Belmont, but the week before their wedding, he married his mistress instead. Finally her father arranged a marriage to a Viscount, who unexpectedly died in an accident.
Now her father has promised Penelope to Edward Simpson, who just turned sixty-three. Though he's bald and obese, he is a powerful and wealthy earl. When Edward tries to take inappropriate liberties in the garden, Penelope calls out for help. Her rescuer remains to assure her safety, even as he should be leaving to certain of his own. He gives he name, a knife to protect her, and a promise to back the next night.
Lucas carefully plans to use Penelope to win the duke's acknowledgement of his nephew. Lucas didn't realize, when he first made his plans, what a palatable, hot, sensual energy would pass between him and Penelope. Lucas is dismayed by his response to the beautiful woman. She was supposed to be the one with the tender response, not him. When he learns Penelope's wedding is moved up to three weeks, Lucas refuses to abandon her to her fate. But Penelope, though she comes away willing, has no idea of the sacrifice she's about to make, or the ways her life will forever change, for the sake of revenge.
Cheryl Holtz pens a strong, yet charming and compelling tale, weaving wonderful secondary characters into her vivid tapestry. With deft skill, she muddies the motives and complicates the lives of her characters, holding the reader's attention rapt with her machinations. This brilliantly crafted romance is Very highly recommended.
Penelope Westmoreland had dreamed of the day that she'd marry a dashing nobleman and live happily ever after. Instead, after two betrothals ended in disaster, the pampered heiress found herself on the brink of social ruin and doomed to wed an aging and lecherous Earl. But just when she had given up hope of escaping this nightmare, a gallant stranger came to her rescue, sweeping her into a thrilling clandestine affair that promised all the romance Penelope had ever craved...
...Until She Became His One True Love
Lucas Pendleton had come to England for one purpose and one purpose only: revenge. But it didn't take the handsome young American long to discover just how difficult it was to threaten a man of the Duke's station. And Lucas was still struggling to come up with a plan when the answer all but fell in to his lap. What better way to make the Duke pay than by using his daughter? Yet when Lucas sets out to play on Penelope's naivete, it he who is caught...as this fiery innocent makes him question his actions even as she wreaks havoc on his heart.